Hymn of the Week

by Jeff Mowery

The Love Of God

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Chorus

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made?
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade?
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Couple of things worth noting in this particular hymn:

  • The difference between God’s Love and Human Love – Verse 1 highlights this with a picture from the Garden of Eden.  God did not come to the Garden looking for Adam and Eve in judgment, but in love and He had a plan to redeem Adam’s race with the sacrifice of His own Son.  He was the one that had a plan to reconcile sinful man, and pardon him from sin.  In our human minds, it is hard to comprehend God’s love for us.  It would be hard for us to lay down our lives for people we know and love.  How much harder would it be to lay down our lives for someone that hated us or treated us wrong?  Taken to the next level, how hard would it be to offer your own child as a sacrifice for those that didn’t deserve it?  As a father, I would find that impossible to do.  However, that is what God did because He loved us so much.
  • Enduring nature of God’s love – Verse 2 talks about how man tends to change with the wind or change with time.  Our society, unfortunately, has become one where love is temporary and based upon how we feel.  Or we turn away from the truth of Scripture to worship the trees or mountains.  Man’s love tends not to be an “enduring” love.  The great reminder of this verse is that God’s love is enduring and measureless.  It will endure to the end of time.
  • Indescribable nature of God’s love – The last verse is a beautifully poetic verse.  The author poses a couple of questions and asks if the ocean were made of ink, the sky were a scroll to write on, every tree was a pen, and every man were a writer, it would be impossible to describe God’s love.  It would drain the ocean dry.  The vastness of the ocean is hard to truly explain unless you have seen it in person.  When visiting the ocean with my family, I use this verse with my kids and let them get a visual image of what this truly means and how great His love is.

I think this is a beautifully written hymn about the love of God.  I will close, however, with a simple song that all of us know.  It message is much less “flowery,” but just as powerful and true.

Jesus loves me.  This I know.

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to him belong.

They are weak, He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

The Bible tells me so.

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