This morning, I woke up singing the song, “The Love of God.” …Let me explain;
My husband and I received a DVD at Christmas from our Pastor, and his wife. The movie was called, “Indescribable.” The movie is based on the true story behind the classic Christian hymn- “THE LOVE OF GOD.” We used to sing this song in church when I was a kid, so I’m very familiar with the words. As I watched the movie, God really spoke to my heart, and I have thought about those words ever since!

The words to the third verse were penned eight centuries ago by a Jewish Rabbi named, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050. A man by the name of, Frederick M. Lehman, who lived during WW1, began to think about the love of God, and wrote a song about that marvelous love. He was having trouble writing the third verse.

Here is a quote from the back of the movie:

“Amidst financial pressures and the uncertainties of WW1, Pastor Frederick Lehman begins to write a song about the love of God. When he gets stuck on the third verse, ten-year-old Blynn (his son) comes to the rescue by calling a sibling council and laying out a strategy to help Papa write the song. Along the way they waste a lot of paper, explore an old asylum, meet a real Jewish Rabbi, and learn about events that took place more than eight centuries earlier.”

Here are the words to that song. The music was written by Claudia L. Mays, 1917

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.

Frederick Lehman tells us that verse 3 “had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” While it is only supposition that he was the one who adapted the Jewish author’s poem to leave us these well-known lines, if the account is true it shows in any case that he highly esteemed the message.

Thanks Rabbi, and Pastor for this wonderful song about Gods’ love, mercy and grace! And thanks to the patient in the insane asylum for writing these words on the wall. I’m glad they finally found peace and rest in Gods’ love!


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