The church is Christ’s deep longing

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The church is Christ’s deep longing
And His good pleasure too.
His every word and action
Is made with her in view.
His heart’s love is established,
And nought can Him deter;
Before the earth’s foundation
His thoughts were filled with her.
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The eve of all creation
He mused on His delight,
And pondered every feature,
Well-pleasing in His sight.
Creation sprang to being,
But deep in Him did hide
A heart of depth unfathomed
Fixed on a glorious Bride.
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And thus His will was ’stablished
His counterpart to gain:
This blessed, firm intention,
Eternally the same.
Though sin should e’en beguile man,
Then mock his helpless state,
He never could forsake her,
His yearning ne’er abate.
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Then mercy richly flourished,
And love was, oh, so vast,
As graciously He sought her
With wisdom unsurpassed.
The love He gave to win her
God only comprehends!
His life laid down, an offering
Whose fragrance yet ascends.
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And now in resurrection
To her He draws most near,
And with untold affection
In glory does appear.
As she beholds her Bridegroom,
His glory floods her heart,
’Til she, His Bride, is raptured,
His longed-for counterpart.
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Pearl

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Coming to this song again, I am astounded! What a story of love! The greatest love of all! I am grateful that God placed the wisdom and skill into the heart of the writer to enable them to convey so much of the depth of His feeling for the church.

Lord may the church also be our deep longing every day.


John

Moscow, Russia

O I love this song so much. It moves me from deep inside. Praise The Lord!


Asahi

NJ, United States

I am touched by this song so much! Eph. 5:25: Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her...that He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but she would be holy and without blemish.

This song and the verses above brings me into the inner part of His affection, brings me into an untold intimate relationship with Him. Oh, my dearest Lord, I love You! May Your heart's desire being fulfilled soon!


Rebecca Berglund

Eugene, Oregon

This song always motivates me from deep within to join with His innermost intention and feeling for the church. His viewpoint is higher and deeper, richer and purer than any seeing or recognition I could possibly have from myself alone. What a wonder that a mere hymn could convey such great sentiment and tender mental reflection into my own small heart.