435. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

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1 There's a wideness in God's mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There's a kindness in God's justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth's sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth's failings
have such kindly judgment given.

2 For the love of God is broader
than the measures of the mind.
And the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
we would gladly trust God's Word,
and our lives reflect thanksgiving
for the goodness of our Lord.

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First Line: There's a wideness in God's mercy
Title: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Author: Frederick William Faber (1854, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Scripture: Ezra 3:11; Psalm 33:4; Psalm 36:5; Psalm 86:5; Psalm 86:15; Psalm 98:9; Psalm 103:8-13; Isaiah 55:7; Lamentations 3:22-33; Romans 8:18-39; Romans 11:33-35; Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 John 4:16-18
Topic: Compassion; Forgiveness; Judgment4 more...
Language: English
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Name: IN BABILONE
Arranger: Julius Röntgen (1906 c.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Dutch melody


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These stanzas, excerpted from quite a few more, offer a reminder that the model for our dealings with others should be God’s generosity rather than limited human tolerance. The text is effectively set to a broad and sturdy Dutch folk melody, probably from the 17th century.


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