Sunday, February 10, 2013

God's Love Shall Endure


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.

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.

Chorus
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forever-more endure:
The saints' and angels' song.

The third stanza of the hymn was a small part of an ancient lengthy poem 
composed in 1096 by a Jewish songwriter, Rabbi Mayer, in Worms Germany.
The poem, entitled "Hadamut," was written in the Arabic language.
The lines were found one day in revised form on the walls of a patient's room
in an insane asylum after the patient's death.
The opinion has since been that the unknown patient, during times of sanity,
adapted from the Jewish poem what is now the third stanza of "The Love of God."

The words of the third stanza were quoted one day at a Nazarene camp meeting.
In the meeting was Frederick M. Lehman, a Nazarene pastor, who described his reaction:

The profound depths of the lines moved us to preserve the words
for future generations.
Not until we had come to California did this urge find fulfillment,
and that at a time when circumstances forced us to hard manual labor.
One day, during short intervals of inattention to our work,
we picked up a scrap of paper and added the first two stanzas
and chorus to the existing third verse lines.

Pastor Lehman completed the hymn in 1917.
His daughter Claudia (Mrs. W.W. Mays) assisted him with the music.

From the book
Amazing Grace
written by
Kenneth W. Osbeck

"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, 
he will joy over thee with singing."
~ Zephaniah 3:17 ~




Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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14 comments:

Ashley~ said...

This post was for me Sweet Friend! This is my favorite Hymn and the 3rd stanza just fills my heart with love for our Savior. This is the song that I run to in times if trial to remind me of Gods great love for me! How I needed this reminder today and in my week ahead. I love you~

Debbie said...

Thank you Stephanie. So perfect. Have a Blessed Sunday!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your post is a blessing.

Lauren Davenport said...

What a beautiful blue sky in those pictures! Thank you for sharing the beautiful words of praise.

Jazzmin said...

Thankyou for sharing this heavenly, sweet hymn... it is beautiful, and I love nothing more than to be reminded of God's amazing love :)

Have a blessed, happy Sunday today!

~Jazzmin

Sandra said...

Hi Stephanie, We sang this hymn this morning at church. The words are beautiful and touch the soul. I'm so glad you're sharing it on your blog.

Mrs R said...

Hi Stephanie, I love the third stanza best. So true! Thank you for sharing!

Debbie Harris said...

How beautiful! What a story that you shared about the third stanza. Our refuge is in God, no matter what we may be going through in life. To be so love of God!

Blessings to you!

Jessica @ A Humble Creation said...

Amen! Thank you for sharing this beautiful hymn, one of my favorites!

Meeha Meeha said...

The beautiful lyrics alone are the essence of pure love, thank you for sharing!

momstheword said...

You found yet another hymn that I don't remember ever hearing before, but the words are lovely!

Our church sings hymns, as I've said before, but we also sing more contemporary songs.

I am glad we sing some of the old songs so that my children will know them.

Here's something I find funny. One of the old "contemporary" songs we sang when I was a teenager was in a book of "hymns" that my son had.

It made me laugh to think that a song we considered "progressive" as a teen was now a song that my son thought of as a hymn, lol!

momstheword said...

Oooops, forgot to say thank you for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

A beautiful hymn (loved the story behind it), and your pictures are lovely too.

Thanks so much for your visit.

Kathy M.

Anne Payne said...

Beautiful post! I love the pictures of the wind chimes.

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