I'm reaching the stage in life when I genuinely believe that the old ones are the best. I listen unashamedly to Magic FM rejoicing in all the hits of the 80's and 90's. I look back fondly on the sunny summers and snowy winters of my youth. I love to get my teeth into a few rousing hymns from the 18th century. So when it comes to songs that teach children Bible truths I've found myself singing...

"Wide, wide as the ocean. High as the heavens above. Deep, deep as the deepest sea, is my Saviour's love."

(To myself. One my own. Worringly!)

I think that it must be based on Paul's prayer for the Ephesian Christians:

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3)

I love the Bible logic of verse 19: "...to know this love that surpasses knowledge." We will never know the full extent of God's love for us in Christ in this life, yet Paul still prays that they might know more of it.

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I came across a very helpful illustration of how this works in my Bible study notes (https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/90-days-in-galatians-judges-ephesians-ebook) which made me start singing "Wide, wide as the ocean..."

We can never grasp the enormity of the ocean at one go. The Pacific and all it's life and beauty is beyond even the most avid watcher of "Blue Planet II". It's simply to big to understand. To vast to enjoy all it's pleasures at once. But we can paddle around the edges more. We can swim off the coast of Fiji and feel it's warmth and power. We can know more of the joy of experiencing the ocean, even if it is unknowable in it's entirety.

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So what I'm praying and trying to do is paddle round more in the shallows of God's love. Swim a little more in the warmth of his grace to me in the Lord Jesus. Spend a little more time floating on my back on the sovereign kindness that he lavished on me day by day. Gaze a little more regularly at the distant, unreachable, horizon of His never ending faithfulness. I'm trying to spend just a little more time actively bringing to mind the love of God that I do know through the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, so that I marvel even more at the scale of the love of God that I don't yet have the capacity to grasp.

 

 

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