Hymn of the Month

SEPTEMBER, 2019


Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love

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Words and Music by Keith Getty, Matt Papa, Aaron Keyes, Luke Brown



Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love,

Too vast and astounding to tell;

Forever existing in worlds above,

Now offered and given to all.

Oh, fountain of beauty eternal;

The Father, the Spirit, the Son!

Sufficient and endlessly generous,

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

 

Creation is brimming with thankfulness,

The mountains, exultant they stand;

The seasons rejoice in Your faithfulness,

All life is sustained by Your hand.

You crown every meadow with color;

You paint every shade in the sky;

Each day the dawn wakes as an encore of

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

 

Chorus:

How great, how sure;

His love endures forevermore—

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love!

 

What grace, that You entered our brokenness;

You came in the fullness of time;

How far we had fallen from righteousness,

But not from the mercies of Christ.

Your cross is our door to redemption;

Your death is our fullness of life.

That day, how forgiveness flowed as a flood—

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love!

 

How great, how sure;

His love endures forevermore—

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love!

 

United in Your resurrection,

You lift us to infinite heights!

Could anything sever or take us from

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love!

 

How great, how sure;

His love endures forevermore—

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

 

How great, how sure;

His love endures forevermore—

Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

 

  

The story behind this song. . .


Modern hymn writers Matt Papa and Matt Boswell have teamed with Getty Music to create a brand-new recording of modern hymns, released in conjunction with the 2019 Sing! Conference in Nashville last month.  Featuring songs from their catalog including, “His Mercy Is More,” “Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love,” and “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery,” as well as new some of their new hymns such as “The King in All His Beauty”, “Christ Is All” and several others, this fresh new project was birthed out years of collaboration between Papa, Boswell, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend, Nathan Nockels, and others.

 

Click here to watch a video of Matt Papa and Matt Boswell discussing their new album.

 

In talking about how this particular song was written, Matt Papa says:

 

“This song really started as the title; I liked the alliteration and the syllables and the melody came from the sound of just saying the words—"magnificent, marvelous, matchless love"—which pushes it to the 6/8 time.  A lot of this song I wrote with a guy named Aaron Keyes, and Keith [Getty] helped with the song.


It’s a song that celebrates God’s love in all facets of life.  The first verse is Trinitarian—that God’s love has existed from all time; that God is in Himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that He is abounding in love.  Then in the second verse, you see that love overflowing in creation, you see it in all the things that He’s made:

"You crown every meadow with color;

You paint every shade in the sky," 

then verse three incorporates the gospel of Christ coming to us, and all of it is under the subheading of His love.”

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We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people with the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.