O love of God, how strong and trueAuthor: Horatius Bonar (1861)
Published in 95 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 heavenly love, how precious still
in days of weariness and ill,
in nights of pain and helplessness,
to heal, to comfort, and to bless.
3 O wide-embracing, wondrous love!
We read you in the sky above,
we read you in the earth below,
in seas that swell and streams that flow.
4 We read you in the flowers, the trees,
the freshness of the fragrant breeze,
the song of birds upon the wing,
the joy of summer and of spring.
5 We read you 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 your power to bless and save,
even 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 you we rest,
forever safe, forever blest.
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #583
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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
|Instances (1 - 20 of 20)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Complete Mission Praise #514||O Love of God, how strong and true||LM||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #455||O Love of God, how strong and true||DUNEDIN||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||LM||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #456||O Love of God, how strong and true||DE TAR||Horatius Bonar , 1808-1889||LM||1985|
|Hymnal Supplement 1991 #800||O Love Of God, How Strong And True||O Love of God, how strong and true||DE TAR||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||LM||Acts 2:22-36; Ephesians 3:17-19; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18 - 4:6||1991||Burial | ; Creation | ; Jesus Christ | ; Love of God for Us ||
|Hymnal: A Worship Book #326||O Love of God||O Love of God, how strong and true||ALFRETON||Horatius Bonar||1992||<cite>Hymns of Faith and Hope, 2nd series</cite>, 1861, alt.|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #42||O love of God, how strong and true||O love of God, how strong and true||MARTHAM||Horatius Bonar||1983|
|Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #188||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||DEDICARE||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||Ephesians 3:8-12||1982|
|Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #189||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||DE TAR||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||Romans 11:33-36||1982|
|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||WAREHAM||Horatius Bonar||126.96.36.199||Psalm 33:20; Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:22-23; Galatians 3:17-18; Colossians 1:19-20; Ephesians 3:17-18||2013||God's | Love; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #463||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||WAREHAM||Horatius Bonar||LM||Colossians 1:19-20||1987||Doxologies | ; Funerals | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Suffering of Christ | ; Redemption | ; Assurance | ; Easter | ; Refuge | ; Rest ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #338||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||MERTHYR TYDFIL||Horatius Bonar||LMD||John 11:40-42; Romans 1:20||1985||God | Love for|
|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||<i>Psalter Hymnal (PsH)</i> (CRC Publications)|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #79||O love of God, how strong and true!||OMBERSLEY||1985|
|Small Church Music #278||O love of God, how strong and true!||OMBERSLEY||Horatius Bonar||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #546||Melcombe||O love of God, how strong and true!||MELCOMBE||Horatius Bonar||184.108.40.206|
|Small Church Music #3635||Martham||O love of God, how strong and true||MARTHAM||Horatius Bonar||220.127.116.11|
|Small Church Music #4275||Eisenach||O love of God, how strong and true||EISENACH||Horatius Bonar||18.104.22.168|
|The Cyber Hymnal #5146||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||BROOKFIELD||Horatius Bonar||LM|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #139||O love of God, how strong and true||BOW BRICKHILL||Horatius Bonar, 1808-89||88.88||1 John 4:9-12; Ephesians 3:14-17; Ephesians 3:18-19; Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:19-26; Psalm 33:5-22; Psalm 84; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 11:33-36||1999||Confidence | ; Creation | ; Faith | ; Forgiveness | ; Grace | ; Mystery of God's Love | ; Pilgrimage | ; Providence | ; Revelation ||
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #81||O Love of God, How Strong and True||O love of God, how strong and true||JERUSALEM (PARRY)||Horatius Bonar||L.M.D.||Ephesians 3:17-19||1990||God | His Love and Grace; Christ | Substitute; God | Incomprehensibility of; God | Infinity of; God In Nature | ; Preparatory Service | ; Union with Christ ||