I love it when I’m introduced to an incredible song, like this one written by William Rees, a 19th century Welsh preacher and poet. From what I understand, Matt Redman resurrected this hymn, but I have not heard his version, just the original we’ve been singing this month at church. It is beautiful. And, as is appropriate to the season, there is much in these lyrics to remind us for what and to Whom thanks is due.
Here is love, vast as the ocean, lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten, throughout heav’n’s eternal days.
On the mount of crucifixion, fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above,
And heav’n’s peace and perfect justice kissed a guilty world in love.
Let me all Thy love accepting, love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only and my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory, nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me, Thou Thyself hast set me free.
In Thy truth Thou dost direct me by Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting, as I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless, drawing out my heart to Thee.