When it comes to songs of worship, the topic of love can be addressed in so many ways. We can sing about God’s love for us, our love for him, or the love that exists between Christians as God knits our hearts together. Love is definitely a rich topic that worship leaders should explore regularly.
Here are some incredible songs about love broken into those three categories.
Songs about God’s love for us
1. And Can It Be (Amazing Love)
This beloved hymn was written by Charles Wesley in 1738. He and his brother John had started the Methodist movement, but were very rigid and severe in their personal disciplines. After returning home from a disastrous mission trip to the American colony of Georgia, Charles was ill and heartbroken.
It was at this time that someone offered him Martin Luther’s work on Galatians, and it was a revelation to Charles. He was overwhelmed by the realization that his legalism was an attempt to earn the love that God lavished upon him freely. In his journal he wrote, “At midnight I gave myself to Christ, assured that I was safe, whether sleeping or waking. I had the continual experience of His power to overcome all temptation, and I confessed with joy and surprise that He was able to do exceedingly abundantly for me above what I can ask or think.”
In a couple day’s time, he had completed this new hymn in response to this experience. And Can It Be’s refrain is a beautiful reminder of the unmerited love of God.
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
The verses powerfully communicate how the gospel story is one of God’s never-ending love toward his creation.
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
2. What Wondrous Love Is This
Reminiscent of “And Can It Be,” “What Wondrous Love Is This” is full of awe and fascination at God’s great love for us. Almost deceptive in its simplicity, this hymn packs a brawny punch. The cadence is slow and deliberate, creating a meditative and devotional atmosphere.
The song first showed up in hymnals in 1811 during the Second Great Awakening. What we’re tempted to see now as a staid song of antiquity was, in its day, a potent camp song sung by teens all over the South.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb,
Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.
3. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stuart Townend
Stuart Townend is a modern hymn writer. His songs are deep, complex, and thought provoking. Like “In Christ Alone,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” became a huge anthem for the church when it was released in 1995.
To read the lyrics, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” seems more like a simple expression of our faith, and Townsend wanted it that way. In a discussion with Crosswalk about emotionalism in worship he said, “The danger now is that we are so focused on the experience our worship can become self-seeking and self-serving. When all of our songs are about how we feel and what we need, we’re missing the point. There is a wonderful, omnipotent God who deserves our highest praise, and how we feel about it is in many ways irrelevant! I want to encourage the expression of joy, passion and adoration, but I want those things to be the by-product of focusing on God—I don’t want them to become the subject matter.”
The irony is that when these simple lyrics are united with this song’s melody, it becomes an emotional experience.
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
4. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns
The beauty of “Glorious Day” is that it’s the gospel in a song. One listen to this Casting Crowns song and you have a working understanding of the gospel message. As the verses express the story of Jesus to us, the chorus breaks into glorious recognition of God’s love for us.
One day when heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men my example is He
The Word became flesh
And the light shined among us
His glory revealed
Living He loved me dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
O glorious day
Songs of love to God
5. I Love You Lord by Laurie Klein
This is a classic song from the late seventies that almost every church has in its repertoire. When Laurie wrote it, she was a new mother and wife struggling to get by. Her family was living in a mobile home as her husband attended school and she felt pretty isolated—a feeling compounded by not even having the money to make long distance phone calls to friends or family.
Depleted and empty one morning during her quiet time, she grabbed her guitar and said to the Lord, “Would you give me a song you would like to hear?” And “I Love You Lord” basically wrote itself.
I love You Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
O my soul rejoice
Take joy my King
In what You hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound
In Your ear
6. Deep in Love with You by Michael W. Smith
Some songs should be a simple expression of our love to our heavenly Father. “Deep in Love with You” feels like a song Martha’s sister, Mary would have sung at Jesus’s feet. It’s not pretentious or wordy, and that’s what makes it so incredibly profound.
Sitting at Your feet is where I want to be
I’m home when I am here with You
Ruined by Your grace enamored by Your gaze
I can’t resist the tenderness in You
7. I Love You by Evan Wickham
Wickham is a worship leader in Portland, OR and a lover of deep responsive worship—and it’s apparent in this song. “I Love You” is cut from the same cloth as “Deep in Love.” It’s a potent song for a congregation that has been ushered into the presence of God and is caught up in adoration of their savior.
Jesus Christ You are life
The breath in me
Only You deserve my praise
I love you
I love you
Songs about our love for each other
Songs about love between Christians
8. Kingdom by Kristian Stanfill
This song is both an anthem and a rallying cry. On one hand it’s a unifying proclamation of the church’s call to be people of God, and on the other hand it’s a reminder to the church of her mission to pour herself out for the world’s sake.
Stand up and heed heaven’s call
Coming to us one and all
To live love and give love
To those who don’t know of
The lavish and true love of God
We are the kingdom of God
We are an army of love
We carry truth to the world
We are the kingdom of God
9. Hold Us Together by Matt Maher
Matt Maher sums up “Hold Us Together” this way: “To love is to risk and be promised extraordinary highs and lows; it will help you soar through the highs, and carry you through the lows, so you can help carry your neighbor through.”
Instead of being a song sung to God or about God, “Hold Us Together” is a reminder of how love transforms us individually and corporately. The lyrics don’t have a lot of the hyper-spiritual trappings of most worship songs, but it can be used effectively to remind a congregation that they belong to each other.
And love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I’ll be my brother’s keeper
So the whole world would know that we’re not alone
10. How Beautiful by Twila Paris
It’s crazy to think that you can be in the church your whole life and continue to grow in your understanding of the most basic Scriptural truths. This is where Paris found herself in her early thirties, and God began to reveal to her anew the importance of Christian unity.
Christ’s goodness to us isn’t simply a gift to us, it’s an example for us. “How Beautiful” expresses well how the church should respond to God’s love by showing love to each other.
How beautiful the radiant Bride
Who waits for her Groom with His light in her eyes
How beautiful when humble hearts give
The fruit of pure lives so that others may live
How beautiful the feet that bring
The sound of good news and the love of the King
How beautiful the hands that serve
The wine and the bread and the sons of the earth
What are your favorite worship songs about love?
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