The Institute for Creation Research puts out a wonderful little devotional book called Days of Praise, which often contains a hymn series. If you or your church have not discovered them as yet, I hope you’ll visit their website, where you’ll find loads of wonderful material and a wealth of Biblically accurate information. The following is an example of one of their hymn series:
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
The Christian church has a rich heritage in its hymn. Over the years, dear saints of God have framed great Christian doctrines in music, easy to remember and a joy to sing. The unfathomable love of Christ for us is laid out clearly in the first verse of one such hymn, “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.”
O 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 Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
Our text reminds us that the love of Christ is a different kind of love than that which we can express or even comprehend. We can only ask, “What manner of love is this?” We know it as grace, unmerited favor, a sweet blessing given to us that we do not deserve.
This love surrounds us, buoying us up and sweeping us along in its current. We have the privilege of returning that love: “We love, him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Such love led Him to Calvary and us to eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever belie eth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
This love will lead us on to glory, where we will spend eternity with the Author of love. Here He continues forever extending His love gifts to us. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). His love for us is so deep. JDM
Recently, I was praying with a woman and her prayer stopped me short. As she prayed for an unsaved man, she prayed that he would know the unfathomable love that God had for him! Sadly, I must admit that I often prayed that God would give him a glimpse of hell.
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering;
not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2:4
Yes, the awful truth about hell often awakens the soul to a consciousness about sin and its consequences, but as this verse says, it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance; and oh, how good our God is! How rich is his goodness, how long is His forbearance, and how immeasurable is His longsuffering towards His children who should know better in the first place!