The Love of God

OK, yes, this is a summer rerun. But I love it.

In 1917, Frederick Lehman wrote a beautiful hymn called The Love of God that has inspired millions. While all the words are touching and poignant, pay particular attention to the final stanza:


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.

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 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 with 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.

It’s rare that the last verse of a song is the most well known, but that’s the case with this hymn. While Lehman could have easily taken credit for those words, he didn’t.

Lehman wrote years later that those lines “had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” Inspired by their beauty, Lehman picked up a scrap of paper and an old pencil he found in the man’s room and then scribbled out the first two stanzas and chorus. Those scribblings have touched hearts for nearly a century.

The message? Even in your darkest moments, never ever doubt for a single moment the immensity and awesomeness of God’s love. As the Apostle Paul said:

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)


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