The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/04/2003):

"This Fathomless Love"
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a modern song text that clearly depicts the
sovereign love of God and the bold message of the Cross. Part of the
wonderful mystery of "this fathomless love" lies in the great paradoxes of
Christ’s sacrifice ("Why would the adored become the despised?"). This song
reminds me so much of Charles Wesley’s "And Can It Be?"

Lord, what moved Your heart to love lowly man
Before any star could herald Your praise,
And why did You come abasing Yourself,
Veiled in a robe of frail human clay?
Why would You the Pure give Your life for the vile,
The innocent seeking the guilty to be reconciled?

I can’t comprehend this fathomless love.
I’m gripped and amazed at what You have done.
Why would the adored become the despised,
To bear all the furious wrath that was mine?
How awesome this mystery of Your fathomless love for me!

Why would You adopt and take as Your own
Those who had crushed Your one precious Son?
Why mercy and grace towards Your enemies?
Your name they have cursed and Your throne they have shunned.
O how could You choose to show kindness to these,
The ones who would mock You and hate You, the ones just like me?

—Steve & Vikki Cook, 1999, Sovereign Grace Ministries. Steve and Vikki Cook
are part of the worship ministry of Sovereign Grace Ministries (formerly PDI
Worship). Songbooks and recordings can be found at www.sov Highly recommended.

[Over the last several years, I have been richly blessed by the worship music
that has come out of this wonderful Christian ministry. Bob Kauflin, who will
be lecturing in Louisville this week, is Director of Worship Development for
Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has a excellent e-mail column "Worship
Matters" which you can access, along with many worship resources, at]

[Please notice the information about Bob Kauflin’s lectures at the bottom of
this note.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky