Stuart Townend, (1963-Present)

But thou, O LORD, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 86:15

A wealth of truth about the depth of God's love and mercy is expressed simply but eloquently in this beautiful hymn text written by Stuart Townend. We are so very grateful for this memorable declaration of the boundless love and mercy of our God to all mankind.

Stuart Townend said that this particular song was most unusual, as it was a hymn rather than his usual contemporary church music genre. "Writing this song was an unusual experience for me.... I'd been meditating on the cross, and in particular what it cost the Father to give up his beloved Son to a torturous death on a cross. And what was my part in it? Not only was it my sin that put him there, but if I'd lived at that time, it would probably have been me in that crowd, shouting with everyone else 'crucify him'. It just makes his sacrifice all the more personal, all the more amazing, and all the more humbling."

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to Glory.

Behold the Man upon the cross,
My sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life;
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything~
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection!
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

How high, how wide, how pure, how strong,
How deep the Father's love for us!

Copyright 1995 Thankyou Music

*For Today*: Psalm 36:5, 103:8-13; Ephesians 1:6-8; I John 1:7

Let yourself become immersed in the joy of realizing and accepting in a simple, trusting manner the great love and mercy of God. Praise and thank Him by singing as you go!

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