I love these lyrics. They talk of a God whose character, His very essence, is that of a father. You're a good GOOD Father, that's who You are.
And it talks of humanity, not communally but personally. It talks about me, it talks about us. The individual and the whole.
It talks of our identity, that I am (that you are), LOVED, that's who I am. That’s who you are.
The fact that these two phrases are next to each other is not by chance, but an incredible statement:
It is reminding us that our identity is wrapped up in God’s character. That because God’s character is that of a Father...He loves us.
When Jesus died on the cross He chose that path, knowing that was the only way to our access to fullness of relationship with the Father. God sent Jesus because HE LOVED US. We weren’t even alive at the time, but God still sent His son for everybody. God’s character pulsating with love.
Matthew 6 v9-11 says;
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
When I see parents in church all I see is them loving their children. Parents make their children out of love, and when I see parents watching their beloved children taking their various steps in life all I see is the love in their eyes. If as a church we see our children this way, how much more does our Heavenly Father see us like that?
I believe that God’s saying to us that just because He is our wonderful father in heaven, He loves us. Cherishes us. Favours us. Not because of anything we do, but simply because of the fact that He is a father and He's overflowing with love.
By knowing we don't have to earn God's love by actions we can just rest in it. By knowing God’s love isn’t dependent or linked to MY character or MY actions. But because of His character and His actions, we unlock our identity;
That we are loved more than we can understand.
Andrew Benson is involved in leading a discipleship course called Ignite at Revelation Church every Monday evening. He is a passionate follower of Jesus, married to the wonderful Rachel and together they are a huge blessing to our community here in Chichester!