As Easter approaches we are going to look at a new song by the David Crowder Band called “Oh Great Love of God” from the album Give Us Rest Or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest Of All Keys]). This song is about Jesus being the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and how His sacrifice and resurrection brings us life. There are many thought provoking lyrics in the song, and some of them go by fast, so it is a good idea to take some time and reflect on what we will be singing.
When I first heard this song and looked at the lyrics it brought to mind the story in the book of John about the death of Lazarus where Jesus makes the famous statement, “I am the resurrection and the life.” This intriguing declaration along with the surrounding statements (John 11:23-26) seem to be a major theme in the chorus and bridge. The chorus speaks of how Jesus takes away our sin and brings resurrection, highlighting that Jesus brings “life to the dead and dying” and that in Him “we will rise.”
The bridge even further emphasizes the theme of resurrection and life. The first line is an interesting statement which says, “This is not a song.” At first glance this line could seem incorrect or even arrogant since it is part of a song; however, when examining the rest of the bridge it can be seen that “this” refers to something much bigger than the song itself. By using this bold line, it helps reinforce the reality of Jesus being the resurrection and the life. In the next line, I love how the word “revival” is used. I’m so used to thinking of this word simply as a time of increased interest in God, but in its context, I think it gets more to the idea of a return or restoration of life. The end of the bridge moves pretty fast and the word “life’ is used many times so it can be hard to follow. There are several scriptural ideas represented here – living your life for Jesus, Jesus living in you, and giving up your life to find true life (Gal 2:19-20; Matt 16:24-25).
Since I’ve already written quite a bit, I’ll just encourage you to visit Worship Together to read the lyrics and watch the video with David Crowder. Also, for a better understanding of the first verse and Jesus’ title “The Lamb of God,” read Revelation 5:1-14 and Hebrews 9:11-10:18.