Love: Monday

Have you ever stood at the edge of the ocean and marveled at the sheer size of it?  The Pacific Ocean alone covers approximately 60,060,700 miles.  OVER SIXTY MILLION MILES.   The deepest part of the Pacific (the Mariana Trench) is 36,201 feet deep.  Now to me, that’s just a big number.  I have no way to quantify it in my brain; I’m terrible at estimation.  Luckily, after just a minute of investigation I found this mind-blowing statistic:

“In order to better illustrate the actual depth of the Mariana Trench, consider the following; if Mount Everest, which is the tallest point on earth at 29,035 feet, were set in the Mariana Trench, there would still be 7,166 feet of water left above it.”

What?!?  Staggering.  My mind is reeling.  The ocean is vast, and deep indeed.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand?... Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” [Isaiah 40]

The Lord has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand.  Selah.

I love hymns, and right now, one of my favorite hymns is a song that sparked a revival in Wales in 1904, called “Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean.”  It’s known as “the love song of the revival.”  The reason I love it so dearly is because it expresses the vast-ness and huge-ness of God’s love about as fully as possible within the limits of language.

Today, I pray that you are astounded by the love of God.  God tells us in His word that he draws us with loving-kindness, and that we love because He first loved us.  He tells us that while we were still rebellious sinners, He loved us enough to make a way for us.  God’s love is proactive, pursuantHis love is enormous and limitless because God himself is enormous and limitless. God’s love takes the first step, in fact, God’s love takes all the steps.  His love is what draws us to him, which is why Paul prayed in Ephesians,

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

I pray with Paul today, that together we might begin to plumb the depths of God’s love.  I pray that we would be able to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of God.  I want us to experience His love, which is so huge that is surpasses our ability to know it.

“Here is love, vast as the ocean Loving-kindness 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 a 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.

No love is higher, no love is wider No love is deeper, no love is truer! No love is higher, no love is wider No love is like Your love, O Lord!” [arranged/performed by Matt Redman]

(Do yourself a favor and just look at the lyrics while you listen, or the ocean picture at the top of the post - not the slideshow of water-color paintings of Jesus in a white robe hugging children and men in the clouds.  And totally unrelated Bible verses splashed on each page.  I suppose that whomever posted this was well-intentioned, but come on.  There was another video but it was worse, if you can imagine it; I chose the lesser of two evils.  On this one the Bible verses stop near the bridge/climax of the song - the other one just disintegrates.  It's like watching a videographical, typographical train wreck. That said...)

I'm glad that God's love is big enough to include me when I'm overly critical.  I'm praying about it.  Forget I said anything.  Take a moment to read the lyrics and listen - and meditate on the truths contained in this song - no love is higher, no love is wider, no love is deeper, no love is truer!