Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Wondrous Love Is This

Not father or mother has loved you
as God has,
for it was that you might be happy
He gave His only Son.
When He bowed His head in the death hour,
love solemnized its triumph;
the sacrifice there was complete.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -




Dear friends, enjoy the music 
while you read the words of this beautiful hymn.




What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, 
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; 
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I AM'; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on.
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on.
- Unknown -




This beloved hymn, with its plaintive modal sound,
is one of the best known of our authentic American folk hymns.
Like all true folk music,
the origins of this text and music remain unknown.
It is simply the product of devout people who,
when reflecting seriously on the sacrificial gift of God's Son,
respond spontaneously with amazed adoration
for this "wondrous love."

This hymn first appeared in 1835 
in a collection titled Southern Harmony by William Walker.
These simply stated words with their appealing music
have since ministered to people everywhere,
extolling the profound truth of Christ's love for each of us.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -




The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, 
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
- Jeremiah 31:3 -


That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life. 
For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved. 
- John 3:15-17 -


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God: 
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- 1 John 3:1 -




Love saw a guilt of sin, 
and sought a basis of pardon.
Love saw the defilement of sin, 
and sought a way of cleansing.
Love saw the depravity of sin, 
and sought a means of restoration.
Love saw the condemnation of sin, 
and sought a method of justification.
Love saw the death of sin, 
and sought a way of life.
Love sought,
Love found!
- Unknown -




Have a blessed and beautiful Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

13 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Another very beautiful post, Stephanie. God bless you and your family this Sunday-and beyond. xo Diana

Debbie Harris said...

"Love sought, Love found" as I read those last words chills ran down my spine, oooh that is real and deep.
Such a beautiful post with the words of this hymn topped off with the special music, thank you!

Happy day to you ~

mamasmercantile said...

As always such a joy to visit and be uplifted by the beautiful music and words from the bible on this Sabbath day.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Beautiful. Blessings to you!

Cheryl said...

Another inspiring post, Stephanie. Many blessings to you for the messages you share with us.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Another beautiful hymn that you don't hear sung often anymore. It is amazing that the God of all Creation would offer himself for ones such as us. Thanks for another beautiful post. Hope you are enjoying a restful Lord's Day. I was GOING to take our pup for a romp in the snow but honestly, I'm really having to work hard to get myself out that door! We have about 14" on the ground so far which is over her little head but SHE loves it. Just like kids I guess!

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a lovely post xx

Karen said...

This is a new song to me. Thank you for sharing it. What a blessing to be called a child of God.

Dianna said...

Dear dear Stephanie, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful music with us. What a joy and blessing to listen to it as I read down over the words to that beautiful hymn. It is one of my very favorite hymns. And all of the wonderful quotes you have shared so beautifully are a blessing as well. hugs to you.

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful post, lovely book. Yes it can be so overwhelming at times the depth of Love God has for us his children and it started before we were even born!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Sheryl S. said...

A lovely post Stephanie and wonderful music. thank you for sharing.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, what a glorious hymn and music! I loved listening to the piano and violin rendition, and these words are so very touching and so deep! When we realize the depth of God's love for us -- sinners who are not worthy of God's mercy -- it just is beyond my understanding of the depth of God's love for me. Praise God for His mercy and the assurance of my salvation. Oh the joy of knowing that when I close my eyes here on earth I will see Christ face to face...forever! Praise God! Thanks for sharing the music, words, and Scripture along with your beautiful photos!! Hugs, precious friend!

Olivia Bell said...

What a beautiful posts, the songs and photography were lovely. {{smiles}}

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