How Precious Is Your Unfailing Love

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).

How Precious Is Your Unfailing Love

Words of Praise

I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths
are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness
is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve
both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love,
O God!
People take refuge
in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance
of your house;
you give them drink
from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!

Additional Prayers

Loving and faithful God, we thank you that in Jesus Christ
you have revealed the height and width, the breadth and depth of your love.
With you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.
May our lives reflect your goodness and by your Spirit bring healing to others,
until all creation makes its home under the shadow of your wings. Amen.

A Prayer of Praise
O God, refuge of all who suffer, we look for shelter in the shadow of your wings. Rain and hail and wind beat on your wings, but they do not fold. They are spread out like Jesus’ arms on the cross, spread out to be wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. So we praise and thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

How Precious Is Your Unfailing Love

Tune Information

G Major or modal

Musical Suggestion

When the lection ends at v. 10, sing refrain after v. 10. The refrain “How Precious Is Your Unfailing Love, O God,” comes from a larger composition by David Lee.
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