“What love could remember no wrongs we have done? Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum!
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore;
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more!”
Many years ago, I read something by Corrie ten Boom that left an indelible mark on my heart. In her book, Tramp for the Lord, she said, “When we confess our sins God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever. Then God places a sign out there that says ‘No Fishing Allowed.’” Isn’t that a beautiful picture of how God deals with our sin? It is sometimes easy to forget just how big our sin is. God cannot take it lightly. It is utterly evil to disobey or disregard the sovereign Lord of the universe. But we also need to remember and instill in our little ones how deep and wide the mercy of God is. “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.” —Psalm 86:5 How often do we parents struggle with continuing to feel the weight of our failures and sin that has already been nailed to the cross and completely forgiven? We have kiddos that struggle with this too. In our house, when someone feels like they need to continue to punish themselves or they are having trouble moving on after a wrongdoing, we like to remind them—No fishing! Jesus’ atoning death paid for that sin! Who are we to say his payment is not good enough? The modern hymn we are singing this month, written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell in 2016, paints a beautiful picture of God’s mercy– that it is always deeper than our failures, wider than our weightiest transgression. We are praying that the truths in this hymn will be written on the hearts of our children and will aid in teaching them how to trust in the sure mercies of God.
Many of you may know this hymn already. If this is an unfamiliar song for you and your family, please use our YouTube playlist to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. Please use our free printable lyrics to help you along as well.
If you are new to the HOTM community, welcome! We encourage you to gather up your families for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. By the end of August, you are encouraged to post on Instagram a photo or video inspired by the song. Every time you post, you will be entered into a drawing for a little something special. More info on that coming soon! Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please let us know if you’ll be joining in!