REVERE has released their brand new single "How Deep the Father's Love for Us." The hymn was originally recorded and written by UK singer-songwriter Stuart Townend. The profound and poetic lyrics are now wholeheartedly interpreted by Mission House's Jess Ray on lead vocals and Taylor Leonhardt's gentle singing joined with Zach Bolen's (Citizens) powerful voice.
Stuart Townend describes how the hymn was birthed, "Writing this song was an unusual experience for me. I'd already written quite a few songs for worship, but all in a more contemporary worship style, drawing from my own musical background. But I distinctly remember getting this feeling one day that I was going to write a hymn! Now, like most people, I am familiar with hymns - they form part of my church background, and I love the truth contained in many of them. But I don't go home at the end of a busy day and put on a hymns album! So I don't think of hymns as where I'm at musically at all!
Nevertheless, I'd been meditating on the cross, and in particular what it cost the Father to give up his beloved Son to a torturous death on a cross. And what was my part in it? Not only was it my sin that put him there, but if I'd lived at that time, it would probably have been me in that crowd, shouting with everyone else 'crucify him'. It just makes his sacrifice all the more personal, all the more amazing, and all the more humbling.
As I was thinking through this, I just began to sing the melody, and it flowed in the sort of way that makes you think you've pinched it from somewhere! So the melody was pretty instant, but the words took quite a bit of time, reworking things, trying to make every line as strong as I could."
Revere's stripped-down version of "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" invites us to pause and meditate on the unfathomable goodness of the Lord's heart for us.
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.
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