O love of God, how strong and trueAuthor: Horatius Bonar (1861)
Published in 84 hymnals
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1 O love of God, how strong and true!
Eternal, and yet ever new;
Uncomprehended and unbought,
Beyond all knowledge and all thought.
2 O love of God, how deep and great!
Far deeper than man's deepest hate;
Self-fed, self-kindled like the light,
Changeless, eternal, infinite.
3 O heavenly love, how precious still
In days of weariness and ill,
In nights of pain and helplessness,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless!
4 O wide-embracing, wondrous love!
We read thee in the sky above,
We read thee in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow.
5 We read thee best in Him who came
To bear for us the cross of shame;
Sent by the Father from on high,
Our life to live, our death to die.
6 We read thy power to bless and save,
E'en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light
We read the fullness of thy might.
7 O love of God, our shield and stay
Through all the perils of our way!
Eternal love, in thee we rest,
For ever safe, for ever blest.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895
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st. 1 = Jer. 31:3, Lam. 3:22-23
st. 3 = Eph. 3:17-18
st. 5 = Col. 1:19-20
st. 7 = Ps. 33:20
One of Horatius Bonar's (PHH 260) best hymn texts, “O Love of God” was published in his Hymns of Faith and Hope (1861) in ten stanzas. The Psalter Hymnal includes the original stanzas 1, 3-6, 9, and 10.
The text's theme is God's love, which we cannot comprehend but do experience (st. 1-2). We may observe God's love in the creation around us (st. 3-4), but we find his love most clearly expressed in the sacrifice of Christ (st. 5-6); it is in this redemptive love that we find our eternal rest (st. 7).
The theme of God' s redemptive love is fitting for many worship services, particularly as a hymn between confession and assurance and the service of the word; worship that focuses on creation (st. 1,3-5); healing services (st. 1-2,5,7); funerals (st. 1-2,5-7); Easter Sunday (st. 5-7).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (10)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Complete Mission Praise #514||O Love of God, how strong and true||188.8.131.52||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #455||O Love of God, how strong and true||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||Vernon Griffiths, b. 1894||184.108.40.206||DUNEDIN||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #456||O Love of God, how strong and true||Horatius Bonar , 1808-1889||Calvin Hampton, 1938-1984||220.127.116.11||DE TAR||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #583||O love of God, how strong and true||O Love of God, How Strong and True||Horatius Bonar||William Knapp; Emily R. Brink, b. 1940||18.104.22.168||Psalm 33:20; Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:22-23; Galatians 3:17-18; Colossians 1:19-20||WAREHAM||G Major or modal||2013|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #463||O love of God, how strong and true||O Love of God, How Strong and True||Horatius Bonar||William Knapp||22.214.171.124||Colossians 1:19-20||WAREHAM||A Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #338||O love of God, how strong and true||O Love of God, How Strong and True||Horatius Bonar||Joseph Parry||126.96.36.199||John 11:40-42; Romans 1:20||MERTHYR TYDFIL||g minor||English||1985|
|Scripture Song Database #2585||[O Love of God, How Strong and True]||O Love of God, How Strong and True||Horatius Bonar||Colossians 1:20||2008|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #79||O love of God, how strong and true!||OMBERSLEY||1985|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #139||O Love of God, how strong and true||188.8.131.52||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal #81||O love of God, how strong and true||O Love of God, How Strong and True||Horatius Bonar||C. Hubert H. Parry; Janet Wyatt||184.108.40.206 D||Ephesians 3:17-19||JERUSALEM (PARRY)||C Major||English||1990|