Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

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1 Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love -
leading onward, leading homeward,
to that glorious rest above!

2 Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus -
spread his praise from shore to shore!
How he loves us, ever loves us,
changes never, nevermore!
How he watches o'er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he's interceding,
watching o'er them from the throne!

3 Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus,
love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'tis a haven sweet of rest!
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus -
'tis heaven of heavens to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee!

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Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanks to Jesus Christ
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we give you thanks that you who were rich became poor for our sakes. We give you thanks for your mighty life and teaching among us, for your painful and sacrificial death. We give you thanks that in your resurrection you opened a closed door and that in heaven you now make intercession for all you love. Your love is deep and vast, boundless and free. And so we give you heartfelt thanks. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Tune Information

f minor
Meter D



Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Hymn Story/Background

EBENEZER originally came from the second movement of an anthem ("Goleu yn y Glyn" or "Light in the Valley") by Welsh composer Thomas John Williams. EBENEZER (meaning "stone of help" in the Bible) is named for the chapel in Rhos, Pontardawe, which Williams attended at the time he composed the tune.
First published as a hymn tune in the Baptist Book of Praise (1901), EBENEZER is often associated in Wales with "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah." Because an English folksinger claimed that the tune had been washed up on the Welsh coast in a bottle, the tune is known in some hymnals as TON-Y-BOTL (tune in a bottle). 
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Samuel Trevor Francis was born on November 19, 1834 in a village north of London. His father, a merchant and artist, soon moved the family to the city of Hull, midway up the English coast. As a child, Samuel enjoyed poetry and even compiled a little handwritten volume of his own poetry. He also developed a passion for music, joining the church choir at age nine.

As a teenager, however, Samuel struggled spiritually. And when he moved to London for work, he knew things weren't right in his heart. One night, as he thought of suicide while walking a bridge over the Thames, he experienced a spiritual encounter that renewed his faith.

Francis later became a London merchant, but his real passion was hymn writing and open-air preaching, which occupied his remaining seventy-three years. His hymns were published in The Life of Faith and other papers and periodicals. And he traveled widely, preaching for the Plymouth Brethren. He was known throughout Great Britain and the world as an effective devotional speaker and died on December 28, 1925, at the age of ninety-two.

Composer Information

Although his primary vocation was in the insurance business, Thomas John Williams (b. Ynysmeudwy, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1869; d. Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, 1944) studied with David Evans at Cardiff and later was organist and choirmaster at Zion Church (1903­-1913) and Calfaria Church (1913-1931), both in Llanelly. He composed a number of hymn tunes and a few anthems.
— Bert Polman
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