“Don’t underestimate the God who loves you.” This line was in my head every time I woke up in the middle of the night and again this morning. I wrote about this song, Pushing Back the Dark, a couple of days ago, but this one line is still running on a loop in my mind. And I am hit with the realization that I DO underestimate God and His love for me.
The thing is that I know with my head that He loves me. I’ve read the scriptures, and there are many, that tell me God loves me and how much. After all, Jesus Loves Me, this I know because the Bible tells me so. I’ve been aware of God’s great love for me since I was a little girl. But how do I move it from my head to my heart?
Don’t underestimate the God who loves me! Psalm 130 says to wait for the Lord and put my hope in His word. With The Lord is unfailing love and full redemption. Unfailing, everlasting, never-ending.
The band, Selah, covered an old hymn a few years ago called O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus. You can see the lyrics and listen here. Man I love this song! The deep, deep love of Jesus is VAST. Unmeasured. Boundless. FREE!!!! Flowing, as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me.
See, I don’t want to wade in the shoreline of Jesus love. I want to swim in the depths. I want to swim in the ocean of Jesus love… constant, vast, overflowing, underneath, pushing me toward the shore of my destiny for Him. Soothing, healing, calming, immeasurable, Deep. I want to let the waves of His love wash over me. I don’t want to stand on the shore and watch it. I don’t want to hunt for the shells and the sponges and the remnants of His love in the sand… To be admired and kept on a shelf as a remembrance of a time I felt His love, if only briefly.
Not the old hymn that most people know… The one that has like six verses. While that’s a tested and true old classic, I can take or leave it. I don’t dislike it, but when you’re a church musician your whole life, there’s only so much improv you can do with it. And it gets requested over and over.
No, I woke up in the wee small hours with this song in my head and I thought, “I’m going back to sleep. Maybe it will change.” It didn’t. When my clock went off, the refrain was running through my mind… And the refrain is just about all I know of this song.
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me
This Is a Phil Wickham song. Though I’m not a huge fan, I love these lyrics. I’m seeing a trend this week!
The funny thing is that we took our grandkids to see the new Muppet movie last night, and I thought I’d wake up this morning with their theme song running through my head!!! You know the one I’m talking about. “It’s time to start the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to get things started on the muppet show tonight.”
I’m so glad God had other plans. I am thankful for His amazing grace, His unfailing love. The cover image for this blog post is a watercolor I did this weekend of a photo I took when I was in Rabat, Morocco last fall. (See original photo below.) I saw these beautiful blooms standing tall and proud in the middle of a stone walkway… A symbol to me of Gods unfailing love. If He cares so beautifully for this flower in the rock, how much more he must care for his children.
And I’m glad God is the one choosing the play list every morning!!!!
Happy Lord’s Day!!!