I have been a worship leader for several years. I love music, but most of all I love lyrics. Reckless Love has gotten a lot of love on the radio and in worship sets in the last few months. Some people have said that it has become the next Oceans, and I can see where they are coming from. I do believe that with all the radio play a song can lose some of it’s power. This is why I think that Reckless Love by Cory Asbury is not one of those songs.
Reckless Love: The Lyrics
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me You have been so, so good to me When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me
There’s no shadow You won’t light up Mountain You won’t climb up Coming after me There’s no wall You won’t kick down Lie You won’t tear down Coming after me
First of all, everyone can identify with the lyrics of this song. I have had times in my life when I needed rescue because of the dumb choices I made. The lyrics refer to Matthew 18:12-14 where Jesus says, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” We are all sheep and have moments where we need the good shepherd. This is a message that everyone can identify with in some way. The church needs songs like this right now. The American church has become a nation of people who are hiding behind nice smiles and cute church clothes when our hearts are crying out for someone to see who we really are. We all mess up. We all have imperfections. The church should be the place where we can say, “I just need Him. I need His love.” We all, at one time or another, have been the 1 he left the 99 to save.
Reckless Love: The Author’s Heart
I listen to Annie Down’s podcast as much as humanly possible because she is amazing. She doesn’t know it yet, but one day we will be friends. (Who knows? It could happen.) In March, Annie had Cory Asbury on her podcast “That Sounds Fun” to talk about the song, along with several other things. On the podcast, he talks about the love of God and how nothing else matters. He desires for his record to bring the peace of God that passes all understanding. The record was a labor of love for him, not just another money making machine. You can find that podcast here. You can also see his passion for the lyrics here on Instagram.
I love using songs in worship that sing words to God, not just about God. I think when planning a worship set it is important to remember that the music portion of worship should point our hearts to scripture. Music is only one part of worship. Prayer, scripture, and music should all work toward the purpose of tuning our hearts to the message God has for us. So, do I believe this song should be sung in every worship set because it speaks to our hearts? No, I don’t. I do believe that it is popular because the church needs the song. I always think singing a song that people know and identify with is important to worship.