A theme that is found throughout the Bible is the steadfast love of God. In some places it is emphasized over and over again, such as Psalm 136 which has the phrase “His steadfast love endures forever” in all 26 verses (Psalm 136:1-26); a reminder of how God works good for His people because of His enduring love. This enduring nature of God’s love is the theme of the song “One Thing Remains.”
The chorus of the song, similar to Psalm 136, uses repetition to emphasize God’s love. I believe this repetition is important because many times when someone tells us that God loves us we are quick to say, “I know,” like Will does to the statement, “it’s not your fault,” in the movie Good Will Hunting; when deep down we don’t really believe it to be true. Three declarations about God’s love are repeated to help us understand it’s nature. His love “never fails,” “never gives up,” and “never runs out” (see 1 Cor. 13:7-8 NIV). I like how the later two phrases add more clarity to the first. I know how easy it is for me to give up on something or someone, or feel like I have given all I can to something. Understanding this about myself leads me to think that, similarly, God must want to give up on me or is close to running out of patience. It is seems unbelievable to think that God’s love always hopes and always perseveres.
It would be a good idea to listen to the song several times to ponder the great thoughts in the verses and the bridge (which alludes to Rom. 8:37-39) that further draw out a picture of God’s steadfast love. As we sing this song together, hopefully we will grow more to “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:18-19).