The Love of God – How Deep it Is

I play piano at my church every Sunday, each song I play for our services, I focus on the notes, timing, the song leader, and parts of the song. Parts that I know need to be played loud and some quiet.

The last thing I tend to focus on is the words. While the song leader might talk about or break down some verses to help explain what the author is saying, I don’t focus on it word for word.

But, a couple of months ago, I was listening to one of my many Pandora stations and a classic hymn played. One that I knew, played before, but never focused on the words. The song was ‘The Love of God’ and it was sung by MercyMe.

I personally like and enjoy MercyMe and this song is from my favorite album ‘Spoken For’.

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Listening to that song being played by someone else allowed me to really focus on the words, and right then and there, it became my favorite hymn.

The more I listened to it, the more certain verses stood out to me. When you break down some of the parts of the verses, we see God’s love and how unfathomable it is.

We cannot begin to understand the love of God, He sent His only son to die for our sins, and through that amazing love, we can have forgiveness of sins and be a part of God’s family

1 John 3:1 says

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!…

And while we will never fully understand God’s love and the depth of it, this song can give us a pretty good idea…verse one starts out

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell.

It goes beyond the highest star

And reaches to the lowest hell.

God’s love has no limit, it goes beyond the highest star. The closest star to us is the sun and it is 92,955,828 miles from earth. But God’s love goes beyond that, God’s love has no limit, just like the stars. And we never can be separated from that amazing, limitless love. Romans 8:38-39 says

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us from the depth of God’s love…how deep is it? Verse three shows us the very tip of the iceberg.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

  And were the skies of parchment made;

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

  And every man a scribe by trade;

139.38 million square miles of the earth’s service is water.

The Pacific Ocean is estimated to contain 187 quintillion gallons of water (in case you are wondering, a quintillion has 18 zeroes).

The amount of water in gallons in the world is unfathomable, there are parts of the oceans that are so dangerous and complex, that they have never been explored. To understand the secrets of the oceans, is impossible, let alone being able to fill it with ink.

And were the skies of parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill…Living in the country, you are surrounded by two things: cow fields and cornfields. You drive on the right country road, and there will be nothing but cornfields as far as the eye can see.

Now, a quill is an old-fashioned pen, usually made out of large feathers, which you would dip in ink to write, something a scribe might have used to write.

In this first part of the verse, the author is describing things that all have something in common. Ink, parchment or paper, quill or pen, and a scribe. These things were once used to write with…

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

If all the millions and millions of gallons of water were ink, it would be drained dry to write about the love of God. If the skies were to be made of parchment, it still would not be enough to describe and write about God’s love…for us. You. Me.

We do not deserve such a love, we mess up every single day, we sin, turn our backs on God, get angry at Him, doubt Him, ignore Him, and yet, His love never changes.

He is always waiting for us, with open, loving arms. Never turning us away. Can we comprehend it? No. Could the author of this song? No. But the good thing is; we don’t have to comprehend it.

We don’t have to analyze it or overthink it. Just accept it.

And be truly thankful for it. No matter what we do, God still loves with a love that would… 

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

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Monday Devotional: And Jesus Says “Come”

Wednesday’s Post: Habits – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday’ Gratitude Prompt: Learning to Dance in the Rain