“Hymns of Glory” will be a recurring series. Its purpose is to reflect on beautiful, sound, and spiritual hymns, both old and modern, that have made a tremendous impact in the lives of those who write for The Reformed Alliance, and have glorified God through it’s all-around composition. May you be blessed by the series, and consider these hymns for personal, family, and corporate worship.
My fellow reader, God is so good! Our God is holy, and He is also just. He is the Creator, and He is also the sustainer. He is the Alpha, and He is the Omega. He is, simply put, the One True God. My brothers and sisters, because we know who God is, it should be marvelous to us as how He is a loving God. There are so many reasons to worship our God, but one of the greatest reasons as to why He is to be worshipped is because of His love.
Does God have to show kindness to the sinner? Does God have to reveal Himself to all men? Does God have to cause the sun to bring life into the world in which the unconverted and converted persons live? The answer is no! God can do whatever He wants and decree whatever end He wants. In fact (and this is a scary thought), God could have left all of us to our own demise. He could’ve willed that all men would perish and be consumed by the fires of Hell… but He didn’t. Why? The reason: love!
Our God is love! He has both saving loving and general love. He cares for all men, but He especially loves His elect. God chose to redeem a particular group of people, not based on any condition they met, to glorify them. The question is not why didn’t God save everyone, but the question is why did God save anyone! He didn’t have to, yet He sent His own Son into the world, to testify of His love.
We tend to think about the love of God as being something purely meditative, but in reality, it’s also demonstrated. Christmas season is here (at least according to shopping malls and radio stations), and we are celebrating God condescending to us as a humble child. He then would grow up to follow God’s predestined plan to die on the cross and atone for the sins of the elect. Jesus Himself made this statement in John 15:13 (ESV) saying, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Christ did just that, and we are His friends.
What better thing to marvel in during your worship? The love of God is so great, that no book could contain the whole story of His love. There is a depth to the gospel that cannot be explained by human intellect. God revealed all we need through the Holy Scriptures, but I can imagine that there be far more to know even in the glories of Heaven. That is why I love The Love of God. It is a hymn that truly relishes the beauty of God’s love, specifically God’s atoning love to sinners. The hymn’s lyrics glorify the grandness of God’s love and speak of how even if the oceans were ink and the skies were paper, to write the love of God would drain the oceans and cover the entire sky.
Can you imagine that this is the kind of love God bestows unto us? From eternity, God has adopted people to Himself. If you have called upon Him in repentance, and follow His commands, you are unconditionally loved by God. This love God has shown to us was undeserved, and yet God is pleased to love us and to pour out His grace on those He has chosen. We are His sons, and we are His eternally. Brothers, sisters, and neighbors, we must sing of the love of God. There is no better hymn that captures God’s great love, and I hope you find this hymn to be a blessing as well.
The beautiful lyrics of this wonderful hymn are below. (To listen to the most faithful cover of the hymn, click here.)
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
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure
How measureless and strong
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song
When hoary 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
Soli Deo Gloria.