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Jan 2015

Here Is Love

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new hymn to our gathering, Here is Love. This Welsh hymn was written by William Rees, with music by Robert Lowry, and became known as the love song of the Welsh Revival in 1904. The original lyrics stand as one of the most powerful hymns ever penned, showing the connection between God’s love and the cross of Christ. Along with the original verses, we will also be singing new verses penned by Matt Giles. Here are the original verses we will be singing:

Here is love, vast as the ocean, lovingkindness 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.

Verse 2
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.

Here are the new verses by Matt Giles:

Verse 3
Here is love that conquered evil, Christ, the firstborn from the grave;
Death has failed to be found equal to the life of Him who saves.
In the valley of our darkness dawned His everlasting light,
Perfect love in glorious radiance has repelled death’s hellish night.

Verse 4
Here is love vast as the heavens, countless as the stars above,
Are the souls that He has ransomed, precious daughters, treasured sons.
We are called to feast forever on a love beyond our time,
Glorious Father, Son and Spirit, now with man are intertwined.

The first two verses focus on the love God displayed in sending Jesus as our substitute to die on the cross. Matt’s verses then go on to highlight Christ’s resurrection, his overcoming death and hell, our adoption into God’s family, and the anticipation of feasting with the Triune God forever at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

You can listen to Here is Love by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here.


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