This song, The Love Of God, is about how God is unchanging in His Love for us. It is one of the most loved songs of the Christian faith poetically portraying the measureless nature of God’s infinite love.
The Greatest Expression Of God’s Love Ever Written
by Steve Nordholm
In the final verse of this beloved song, The Love Of God, is found one of the greatest expressions of God’s love ever written! It is from a poem by a Jew named Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai called the Haddamut written in 1050 AD. He was a cantor, a synagogue singer, in Worms, Germany.
Later, in America in 1917, the words from this poem were found written by a resident on the wall of an asylum. This event moved a California pastor by the name of Frederick Lehman so much that he wrote a refrain and two additional verses to go with the poem. The music for this song was then arranged by his daughter-in-law, Claudia, and called “The Love Of God”.
The imagery in the final verse paints such a figuratively beautiful picture of man’s complete inability to fully describe, in all its immense detail, the Love of God to man. Even if all the resources of earth, both human and natural, were employed to describe the fullness of God’s Immeasurable Love to us, the combined resources of earth would never be fully up to the task.
Even if the heavens were our scroll stretching from one end of the sky to the other in every direction; and even if every man and woman on earth were fully employed and were supplied, from every stalk on earth, with an unlimited quantity of pens with which to write; and even if the oceans overflowed with an inexhaustible flood of ink — the attempt to fully describe the depth and vast outpouring of God’s Love to mankind, though formidable by human standards, would fall far short of the mark.
In short, God’s Love to us is without limit or measure. To ponder upon this theme brings me great joy and comfort, especially in the midst of an uncertain world.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” — Romans 11:33 NASB
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16 NASB
The Words To This Beloved Song Are Listed Below:
The Love of God
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 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.
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.