“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
Every so often, a song comes along that you know is going to endure. That Christians will still be singing this song in two hundred years. This is one of those hymns. Written in 1995 by Stuart Townend, this hymn became an “instant classic”, and is now sung in churches all over the world.
Stuart Townend is one of the greatest hymnwriters of our generation. We sing his music frequently in our worship services. In addition to How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, he has written or co-written In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, and Beautiful Savior. What a blessing to the Church!
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
~ 2 Chronicles 16:31-34
This hymn is the result of another collaboration between Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, the combination which has produced so many great hymns in the last decade. The most distinctive thing about this particular hymn musically is its meter (time signature). We don’t often sing mixed meter songs corporately, as they can be very difficult to pick up in one hearing. In Creation Sings, however, the mixed meter just “works”. Though the time signature in the verses shifts every measure between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 (the choruses stay in 3/4), congregations seem to catch on quickly. This is the mark of an extraordinarily well-written hymn for the church!