The Love of God

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I saw a video of The Love of God at String Too Short to Tie. The Isaacs do the song, and it was nice. I had never heard The Isaacs sing before. But my all-time favorite version of the song is by MercyMe.

The Love of God is one of my favorite hymns, EVER. The words are glorious. It's one of the kinds of hymns that you don't want to "juice up" too much like a band on phentermine-- The song is very meditative, and the words should not be clouded by a jungle beat or anything. Of course, a beat TOO slow will put you to sleep! I think MercyMe does a great job- just the right amount of energy so the words are never washed away by the instruments.

I copied the lyrics, below the video, so you can read them. Enjoy the song. WOW.

(MercyMe skips the second verse).

The Love of God, by Frederick M. Lehman, 1917.

1. 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.

* Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

2. When hoary 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.

3. 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.

2 remarks
Clint said...

Yes, a great hymn. I always marvel more at the authors of these great old Christian songs than at the artists. The words of the great hymn writers are/were always so based on scripture. And it doesn't matter if you or I can sing or not, for the meaning of the hymn speaks to the hearts of all who hear.

PS---the Isaacs are a great group, with a very large following. They appear frequently with the Gaithers on tour.

5:15 PM  
vanilla said...

Rebecca, thank you for the nod. And thanks for posting this "mercy me" version of this outstanding hymn. I also appreciate that you included the lyrics, which I had neglected to do.

9:07 PM  

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