The lyrics for the hymn entitled, “The Love of God,” was written by Frederick M. Lehman in 1917 on a day when he turned his attention to an expression of God’s love.
Lehman, sitting on a lemon box pushed against a wall, picked up a scrap of paper and modeled the hymn after an old Jewish poem. He said he had seen it penciled on the wall of a room in an asylum. Evidently the patient, Lehman said, must have written the verse in one of his more lucid moments.
“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.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.”
The love of God is seen in its greatest, finest and purest expression in the sacrifice of his son, Jesus, on the cross for the sins of all people.
The Apostle John wrote, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” (1 John 4:10). Paul penned, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8).
It is in Jesus dying on the cross for us ― all of us ― that God’s pure love is seen best.