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How He Loves Us – Battling Versions

Kim Walker Smith and David Crowder
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Different Versions of How He Loves Us

As many of you know, there are two versions of the popular worship song, How He Loves Us. Both songs have their merit, but I felt it interesting to to through the two versions. This post is not to judge which is better nor to debate which worship leader is more, well, anointed. In fact two of the main worship leaders that are identified with each version have performed several different songs and have lead millions of hearts to praise. I own albums from both and have personally benefited from them.

With that as the backdrop, let’s look at the lyrics to the song:

He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions
Eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

CHORUS:
And oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all

And we are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking

(So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss)
(And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss) 

And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way

The only real change in the two versions is the type of kiss that happens when heaven meets earth. The original version of a sloppy wet kiss was changed to an unforeseen kiss. This change is completely understandable. Guys have a hard enough time thinking they are the bride of Christ, so getting a kiss from heaven is already pushing our limits… a sloppy wet one is almost sacrilegious.

Therefore, let’s not judge or condemn the change. There is still a kiss. It still stretches many of us in our imagination.

Does an Unforeseen Kiss Fit the How He Loves Us?

However, it does change the meaning. The other lyrics talk about how great are God’s affections for us. We are sinking in the ocean of His love. We are being blown about like a hurricane of His love. There is an overwhelming passion of God towards us that is uncontainable and makes our hearts beat violently inside of our chests. His love makes us uncomfortable and excited at the same time.

Now an unforeseen kiss is very sweet. It takes us off guard, showing us love when we were not looking for it. It’s like my wife waking me up with a gentle kiss. It makes me smile and brings me joy. It is still a nice thought but very different than a sloppy wet kiss.

Does God Really Want to Give You a Sloppy Wet Kiss?

The sloppy wet kiss describes an uncontrollable emotion. It describes two lovers revealing aroused passion. It is very intimate and raw. It more naturally fits the hurricane, sinking, and beating out of our chest. But, does it fit the reality of God’s passion for us?

Do you feel Song of Solomon has anything to do with your relationship with God? Song of Solomon is extremely sensual portraying the romantic love between two lovers. There is kissing, gawking, fondling, and much more. We even find a sloppy wet kiss:

“Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue.” – Song of Solomon 4:11

What Was the Joy Set Before Jesus?

We just finished celebrating Easter. What is it that Jesus died for? What was the joy set before Him? He was not looking forward to the day you were saved nor the day you enter heaven. He was looking forward to an intimate relationship with people who would be passionately in love with Him. Salvation and entering heaven are just events in that process.

A couple that falls in love may look forward to the wedding day and honeymoon, but that is only because of the intense desire to spend every minute together. If after the honeymoon the two never want to spend any time together, the beauty of those events are lost. The wedding day and honeymoon are joyful because they start the process of a lifetime of begin together.

The disciple Jesus loved was the one who reclined on His chest. The woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears got her story told wherever the Gospel would be told. Do we love being with Jesus or just love doing things for Him? God passionately loves us. Let’s spend time in His presence and allow Him to tell us how much He loves us.

Do You Agree?

Let me know you thoughts in the comments below. Do you agree? Which version do you relate to more?

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2 Responses to “How He Loves Us – Battling Versions”

  1. bunnyb1802 says:

    I love this song and I love both versions.

    I have to thank you, Kevin, as I never felt completely comfortable with the “sloppy wet kiss” line but didn’t really grasp the meaning behind the “unforeseen kiss” either. You have actually cleared up my misunderstanding and awkward feelings on both.

    As to which version is my favourite, it actually depends on how I am feeling. Some days Kim Walker Smith’s version, the passionate shouting, are just what I need or express exactly where I am. Other times, the more quiet, thoughtful Crowder version is where I am at or speaks what I need to hear.

    I also love the version by the actual author of the song, John Mark McMillan. Have you heard that one?

    • Dear Caroline,

      Thank you for sharing. I like to sing loud, which Crowder also does on other songs. I have heard John Mark McMillian’s version. I found his video where he explains his thoughts behind the song. Here is the YouTube link:

      Through my anger and frustration, God could still love me. Despite of who we are, God will want to be a part of who we are.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axpgjJzfl54

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