Posted by: peebles | November 21, 2012

Ephesians 3:17 to 18 (NIV) ~ I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.

While flying over the Atlantic Ocean in an aeroplane, I looked out of the window and there far below me was the vast ocean so deep and wide. Every tiny drop cried out to me of the love of God; so vast and deep beyond measure. So limitless and so much yet to be discovered, wave after wave of blessings still to wash over my life, tide after tide of God’s amazing love to bring stillness and comfort to my soul. The thought came to mind of sailing the ship of my soul, lost in the ocean of His perfect love with the gentle wind of the Holy Spirit blowing me forward with Jesus Christ as my Captain.

Frederick M. Lehman wrote these amazing words to this gospel hymn in 1917, “The Love of God.” The words are also from a Jewish poem entitled, “Haddamut”, which was written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai.

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.

Dive deeper and deeper into His ocean of love where pearls of knowledge and treasures so wonderful are to be found. There are depths in God yet to be discovered; so infinite His love, so divine His grace, so majestic His mercy and so magnificent His glory. It is amazing to think that God demonstrated His own love for you and me in this, that while we were still sinners Christ died for you and me.

How deep the Fathers love for us, how vast beyond all measure,

That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.

My friend, picture yourself on a boat in the middle of the ocean. For miles and miles around you there is nothing but the sea; from east to west and north to south, just sea. Below you are uncharted depths beyond any human imagination; so deep, so high and wide. From there, you can only begin to grasp the magnitude of the love of God towards you as our text for today says in Ephesians 3:17 to 18 (NIV), “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.”

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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