“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.” “The Love of God” ~ Frederick M. Lehman 1917
This hymn is as moving to me now as the first time I heard it some fifteen years ago.
The writer posits a theory that unlimited resources are insufficient to describe God’s love. What the Love of God is to us, how it changes our lives, and how it sustains our very being, is almost indescribable.
Romans 5:5 tells us that the hope we have will not disappoint us because of God’s love which has already been poured out upon us. We have peace, justification, faith, perseverance, character, and hope because of His love.
Paul’s prayer in the third chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians asks that they not only be “rooted and grounded in love” but that they would be able to comprehend the extent of it.
1 Corinthians 13 is the go-to passage for the Bible’s description of love but in 1 John 4 we are told that not only is God love but Christ is the manifestation of that Love.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9
Taking the logical assumption that God is Love, Jesus is God; therefore, Jesus is love, the last verse in John sums it up best.
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. John 21:25
Amen and Amen.
For Thought & Discussion:
- Read the hymn lyrics here.
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- What are your thoughts about this stanza?
- I encourage you to look up the following verses on your own and and consider them:
- Are there any other verses that back up this hymn theologically?
- Have you used this song lately? Have you explained it?
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