I heard a song this past week that touched my heart and opened my eyes anew to the magnitude of God’s love for us, his creatures, his people, his children.

The song I’m talking about is “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan.  It’s lyrics are so powerful and beautiful, the chorus passionately sung at the top of his lungs, “Oh how He loves us, oh how he loves…”

My youngest just got home from a week at camp.  During one of the worship times about 30 of the kids participated in “cardboard testimonies” – a time when individuals write on one side of a piece of cardboard what they used to be or a problem they were facing, then on the other side they write how God has changed them or freed them.  For instance on one side someone’s said “tried to kill myself” and on the other side “God’s love saved me”.    Well, Krissy was chosen to be a part of this experience and said they played “How He Loves” while the kids took turns going up front and showing their cardboard testimonies.  She said it was so powerful – that she could feel God’s presence in the room, like it was exploding in her heart.  Many were in tears as the kids experienced God’s love in a new way, through the testimonies of other kids.

I love the lyrics of the song, especially “I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way…He loves us, Oh how He loves us!”

I heard another song this week with the lyrics “I pray for love like Yours for me.”  What an awesome prayer!  If we had love for others like God has for us – WOW.  What change would take place in people’s lives!  What blessings would overflow!

I’m going to intentionally focus on God’s love today and ask him the same, to give me love like His for me, to help me remember His love – so much so that it blots out distractions, worries, temptations, and self.

He loves us!  OH how He loves us!   Oh How he loves!