My beautiful fiancé and I have been walking through the busy, joyous season of preparing for our wedding day. One of my favorite wedding projects thus far has been picking out the music. Jen and I both love music and decided early on we wanted a song sung during the ceremony which reflected our gratitude to God for giving us to each other and also showcased the beauty of the Gospel.
Several songs made our short list.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
He’s Always Been Faithful
But in the end, we chose, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.”
Stuart Townend wrote the hymn in 1995. The lyrics are powerful:
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 a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held 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.
This version performed by Sarah Sadler is my personal favorite.
Weddings can quickly digress into a mere celebration of the couple themselves. As our day approaches, our conviction grows that our wedding should center on the grace of God in our lives and point to the future celebration day when Christ will marry his bride. That’s the gratitude and hope we’re praying every guest feels when they hear, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.”