So, I can’t believe I haven’t used this one already. It’s one of my favorite hymns (which may be an oxymoron, because they’re all so good!). It’s just a perfect depiction of the Cross, of God’s love, of our relationship to Him–past and present–and of the beauty of our new life with Him.
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
The last verse is my favorite. If the rest of the song wasn’t humbling enough, the last one pretty much sums it all up and gives us a motto for living: I can’t give myself any worth, earn anything worthwhile; every good and perfect thing comes from above.
Let’s worship the Father and the Son for what they have done for you and me.