vast unmeasured, boundless, free,
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me is the current of thy love,
Leading onward, leading homeward, to my glorious rest above.
The two of us stood looking out over a crystal blue ocean on an international mission trip. Standing beside me was Tom Westmoreland, age 87, founding director of music for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. As we stood in awe of God’s magnificent creation, Tom said, “You know, most people wear blinders. All they can see is their own little world. When I look at the ocean, I like to wonder where this water has been across the centuries. I wonder if I’m looking at water that flowed in the Jordan River when Jesus was baptized, or drawn from Jacob’s well when Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman, or swirled around Paul when shipwrecked on his missionary journey. We never know where this water has been and who it has touched.”
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best,
‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ‘tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ‘tis a heaven of heavens to me,
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to thee.
The water of life pours from the cross of Christ to the world. Drink deeply of this water and quench your eternal thirst. Then go and share God’s living water with our thirsty and dying world. Where will the water flow next?
You have the water of life if you have Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life. Will you be a missionary to share the Living Water with a thirsting world everywhere you go this summer? — Mark Powers
From: “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” – Words, Francis/Music, Harris (Public Domain)