Musical Encouragement #11- "Oh the Deep, Deep Love"
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." ~ 1 John 4:18
Why are trials so difficult to weather? What is it about hard times that causes us to worry and lose faith? I believe much of the difficulty comes with a fear of the unknown. We don't know when a trial will end. We don't know what the results of the test will be or how we'll come up with the money. We don't know how someone will respond or if we'll be able to handle something. Fear is a powerful emotion that can cripple those who don't know how to handle it. So, how do we as Christians handle it? We rest on the love of God.
The verse quoted above speaks an important truth. Perfect love casts out fear. That perfect love cannot be achieved by us alone, but it flows from God our Father. It enables us to trust Him because we know nothing we do and nothing outside of us can separate us from the love we have in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39).
When I've been surrounded by trials in my own little sphere I've found this song to be of great comfort. It reminds me of the foundational gospel love of Jesus and how I am secure, not because of my own works, but because of Christ's work.
Oh the Deep, Deep Love
Original words by Samuel Trevor Francis
Music, Chorus, and alternate words by Bob Kauflin
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me is the current of Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward, to Your glorious rest above
Oh the deep, deep love, all I need and trust
Is the deep, deep love of Jesus
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore
How He came to pay our ransom through the saving cross He bore
How He watches o'er His loved ones, those He died to make His own
How for them He's interceding, pleading now before the throne
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, far surpassing all the rest
It's an ocean full of blessing in the midst of every test
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, Mighty Savior, precious Friend
You will bring us home to glory where Your love will never end
*For more about this song visit Sovereign Grace's website