Ready to Worship Season 7, Episode 3 for Friday, February 2, 2018
In this season of Ready to Worship we are examining hymns that stir our hearts to worship. In this podcast, we are examining the song, The Love of God. A love that passes knowledge should motivate us to worship (Eph. 3:19).
In this season of Ready to Worship we are examining hymns that stir our hearts to worship. In this podcast, we are examining the song, The Love of God.
The song begins with the words, “The love of God is greater far, Than tongue or pen can ever tell.” The song ends with a beautiful description of this truth:
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, 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.
In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful descriptions found in our songbooks. Just think about the description for a second. If we tried to write the love of God, we would run out of ink, out of pens, out of paper, and out of people to write it. If there is still any doubt, the chorus speaks of God’s love as rich, pure, measureless, and strong. Although each of these words reveals something wonderful about God’s love, I want to call attention to the word “measureless.” God’s love is measureless. Perhaps, the term measureless reminds you of a statement from the inspired pen of Paul. To the saints at Ephesus, Paul wrote, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Eph. 3:19). The love of Christ passeth knowledge. Obviously, we can know the love of Christ to some degree. The verse begins with the words: “And to know the love of Christ.” What Paul is saying is that the love of Christ passes full knowledge. The Greek word that is translated as “passeth” means “to throw over or beyond any thing.” No doubt, in football, you have seen a quarterback overthrow a receiver. Although the receiver stretches out for the ball, it is still beyond his reach. In like manner, the love of Christ is beyond the reach of our understanding. Even more amazing, the love of God is beyond the reach of our trials. To the saints at Rome, Paul wrote, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:35-39). God’s love is greater than all of our trials. It is higher than the highest, deeper than the deepest, and longer than the longest trial that we face.
As we get ready to worship this week, we need to think about the unspeakable love of Christ . Such love demands our soul, our life, our all! Such love drives us to our knees in worship!
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