9317We recently sang the below song at church and, me being a fan of many of Jeremy Riddle’s songs, I decided to look it up and see if it really stands up to biblical doctrine or if it falls for the world’s interpretation.

Nothing can tear us from
The grip of His mighty love
We’ve only glimpsed, His vast affection
Heard whispers of, His heart and passion
It’s pouring out…

His love is deep, His love is wide
And it covers us
His love is fierce, His love is strong
It is furious
His love is sweet, His love is wild
And it’s waking hearts to life

The Father loves and sends His son
The Son lays down His life for all
He lavishes His love upon us
He calls us now, His sons and daughters
He’s reaching out…

… and its waking hearts to life
He is waking hearts to life
He is waking hearts to life

Now, this song, first and foremost, has a pretty good tune that is definitely worshiping. His song puts more than one verse into context and only when he strays from those verses is when he says something that might be considered out of tune (no pun intended).

His love is deep, His love is wide
And it covers us
His love is fierce, His love is strong
It is furious
His love is sweet, His love is wild
And it’s waking hearts to life

The first line is biblical, the second is biblical, the third is not from the Bible but it is still biblical, the fourth and fifth could be considered biblical depending on the definition. The sixth is perfectly biblical.

Now, as far as the definitions of “furious” and “wild” go, you would have to look at the context. Furious can mean an angry feeling, a strong feeling about something, a negative feeling and a few others. Obviously Riddle wouldn’t be saying God’s love is angry, or negative. He must mean it is a strong feeling. Saying this is not wrong but it makes one wonder why he would use that word. It is just to negative of a word to use in such a song.

Now, the word “wild” can mean many things, whether it be negative or positive. But, we can safely assume Riddle means it to mean, “no reserved feelings about His love for us”. Once again, we have to look at why Riddle would use these words as they can be very negative.

I don’t want to say anything against Riddle, but doesn’t this type of song kind of paint God as a hip, human-crazed being? It just sounds weird to me, whether or not I like Riddle’s other songs. Otherwise, this song is very enjoyable and worships God.