During my devotional time I read these verses and I remembered an old hymn that I taught you several months ago, “Here Is Love.” The author of this hymn was, in part, William Rees, who wrote the first and second stanza. He was an independent minister, writer editor, and political leader. We do not know much about his life, only that he was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and perhaps this is more than enough. Some scholars believe that William Williams wrote verses 3 and 4 in Welsh, and were translated into English by William Edwards. For your information, William Williams is the author of the hymn, “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah.”
This hymn was probably written in the late 1800s, but sadly remained in only a few editions of some hymnals. It wasn’t until 1990, when “The Promise Keepers” men’s conference reintroduced it, that this hymn became alive again. Now, in some modern hymnals, like “Hymns of Grace”, “Here is Love” is well and alive, with its powerful message to be shared to a new generation as a testimony that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, went to the cross for our sins.
Here are the lyrics:
Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Loving kindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.
On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.
Let me all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.
In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.
In His service,