How Great Is the Love

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” Psalm 92:1

This Sunday we’ll be singing a new song, called “How Great Is the Love”.

It’s a wonderful, sweet song of thankfulness. This is Paul Baloche’s version of the song.

How Great Is the Love

by Meredith Andrews, Paul Baloche, and Jacob Sooter

Thank You for the way that You love us

How You love us

Thank You for the way You have made us

We were created

For Your pleasure, for Your presence

For the glory of Your name

Thank You for the way that You love us

 

Jesus, faithful King

Lord, with grateful hearts we sing

How great is the love

How great is the love

Of our Savior

The weight of the cross, the curse of our shame

You carried it all and rose from the grave

How great is the love, how great is the love

Of our Savior

 

Thank You for Your grace that has saved us

You forgave us

Thank You for the way You have freed us

We have been ransomed

We’ve been rescued, we’ve been purchased

With the price of Your own life

Thank You for the way that You love us

Psalm for the day — Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

 

Psalm 48

1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

is the joy of all the earth…

8 As we have heard, so have we seen

in the city of the Lord of hosts,

in the city of our God,

which God will establish forever.

Selah

9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,

in the midst of your temple.

10 As your name, O God,

so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

We were practicing the song form of this Psalm just last night. We have sung it often through the years at FBC. “Great Is the Lord and Most Worthy of Praise” is the song we sing. The chorus is

“And Lord, we want to lift Your name on high;

And Lord, we want to thank You for the works You’ve done in our lives;

And Lord, we trust in Your unfailing love,

For You alone are God eternal, throughout earth and heaven above.”


So the song is a song of praise for God’s lovingkindness and work in our lives. This is based on God’s supreme majesty and unchangeableness. Because He is sovereign and eternal, He will not change. We can count on Him. Though the song doesn’t mention it per se, He grants us these blessings based on His generous grace, not on our worth. So then His grace is magnified in the light of His bestowing upon people like you and me.


The psalm is a paean to the City of God. vis.


1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

is the joy of all the earth,

Mount Zion, in the far north,

the city of the great King.

3 Within her citadels God

has made himself known as a fortress.

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

number her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,

go through her citadels,

that you may tell the next generation

14 that this is God,

our God forever and ever.

He will guide us forever.


From the ESV Study Bible: “The singing congregation addresses one another, inviting them to review the strength of Zion; as vv. 1–3 made clear, this is not purely the city’s material defenses. The worshipers know that the people of God are secure, and are commissioned to tell the next generation of their security and their mission.”

The people of God are secure because God makes them secure, not the strength of their towers and walls. As in v. 3: “Within her citadels God has made Himself known as a fortress.” God is the fortress.


So we sing to God, our fortress. We give Him praise and thanks. Meditate upon this as we sing…

Psalm for the day — Feb. 9, 2012

 Psalm 40

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation.


It is my joy and privilege to speak and sing of God’s faithfulness and salvation, His steadfast love and righteousness, every Sunday before “the great congregation.” We get to do that with each other, too, as we address “one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19, see also Col. 3:16). These are truths that we need to hear and speak/sing every day, but we get a special joy and encouragement when we do this in “the great congregation.” Don’t forget, too, that there is an evangelistic aspect to our worship. (See 1 Cor. 14:24-25)

My excitement is stirred afresh to go to the house of the Lord. Remember, dear saints, that you are that house (Eph. 2:19-22).