Stuart Townend considers “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” to be the first hymn-like song he had written — as compared to the modern worship songs that came before.
Saying the melody came to him in a very easy, straightforward way, Townend began to reflect the hymn-like quality of this melody. Then he thought he would simply tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Townend goes on to recount this crucifixion from both the viewpoint of Jesus’ Father and Townsend’s own personal responsibility in that great cost.
Townend has since enjoyed the broad positive response his song/hymn received from not only contemporary churches, but also from more traditional churches as well.