Monday Morning Melody

I love songs that basically use Scripture for the lyrics. I also love the book of Ephesians. Putting the two together is a natural win-win. So this new (to me) hymn was an exciting discovery for me.

It is based on verses scattered across Paul’s epistle, but in particular from his prayer at the end of chapter three:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

I looked up the writer and composer of this song, Mark Altrogge, who apparently has the same love for singing God’s Word, writing biblical songs originally just for his children. On his webpage, Forever Grateful Music, he writes, “I began putting Scripture to music many years ago and found that I was able to memorize the Scriptures much more quickly. Then when I had children, I did the same for them and found that they were able to learn the verses fairly easily. That’s what gave me the idea for Hide the Word. Initially, I just wanted to do it for myself and my children, but later decided to try to make Hide the Word available to a wider audience.” (Mark Altrogge, About page)

Here are the words to “How High and How Wide”:

“No eye has seen and no ear has heard
And no mind has ever conceived
The glorious things that You have prepared
For every one who has believed
You brought us near and You called us Your own
And made us joint heirs with Your Son

How high and how wide
How deep and how long
How sweet and how strong is Your love
How lavish Your grace
How faithful Your ways
How great is Your love, O Lord

Objects of mercy who should have known wrath
We’re filled with unspeakable joy
Riches of wisdom, unsearchable wealth
And the wonder of knowing Your voice
You are our treasure and our great reward
Our hope and our glorious King”

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