British song and hymn writer Stuart Townend is one of my favorite current artists. How Deep The Father’s Love for Us, which was written already back in 1995, has a beautiful and rich text. It is hard to find a hymn, whether current or ancient, that has a deeper text than this. It is a great song for Lent since it focuses on Jesus’ sacrifice & wounds, God the Father’s deep love for us to forsake His Son, the punishment for our sin, the ransom for sin, repentance, and Jesus’ death & resurrection.
We introduced this hymn at Lamb of God Lutheran in 2009.
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would 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 guilt 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 powr’s, 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
Phillips, Craig and Dean also have an arrangement of How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.