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Feb 2015

Here Is Love | The Floodgates of God’s Mercy

Here is love, vast as the ocean, lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten, throughout heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion, fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice kissed a guilty world in love.
– Verse 1 and 2 of Here Is Love by William Edwards, Robert S. Lowry, William Rees, and Matt Gilles

As we introduce another new hymn to our gathering, it’s important to again know what we are singing about. The kind of grace, mercy, and love that we sing about in songs like these and many others is not the same kind of grace and love we might sing about in other love songs. This love that we see here in the first two verses of this hymn is not a love that is generated out of simply beholding something or someone attractive. It’s not a love that is confined to mere feelings or emotions. This love that we see that is as “vast as the ocean” and is as mighty as rushing rivers is not fleeting and unstable. It’s not a love that is based on what the object of its affection can do for them. This love that we see here and sing about is the very essence of love. This is Love personified. The love we share among humans pales in comparison to this love that flows from God Himself. We could even say that the love we experience is only a shadow of this love which comes from God

When you and I and this world were far from beautiful to behold, when we were found to be unlovely, and when we were deserving of wrath and justice, Jesus, the Prince of Life, ransomed us, and shed His precious and pure blood in our place for our sins. On the mount of crucifixion, God unveiled His eternal plan from before the beginning of time – In love, He predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ. On that day, the fountains of God’s love poured out on the undeserving. The floodgates of God’s mercy overflowed with infinite love for us. Our loving and gracious Father adopted us as His children. As a Husband, He loved us and sacrificed Himself for us as His bride. As our King, He overcame our rebellion and resistance, and He has set His love on us forever.

On the cross, as Jesus hung as a substitute for us, we don’t just see a demonstration of God’s wrath. We don’t just see a demonstration of judgment, or the satisfaction of a perfect and Holy God. We see more. At the cross, we see the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us. Heaven invaded earth, and because of Jesus, the grace and peace of a perfect heaven kissed the blemished and parched face of a guilty world. God Himself moves in mercy, not giving us what we deserve, but instead giving us far better. He has given us His love.

Rayshawn Graves


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