1 O 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 my glorious rest above.
2 O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore!
How He watcheth o'er His loved ones,
died to call them all His own;
how for them He intercedeth,
watcheth o'er them from the throne.
3 O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
love of ev'ry love the best;
'tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
'tis heav'n of heav'ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to Thee.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #208
|First Line:||O the deep, deep love of Jesus|
|Title:||O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!|
|Author:||S. Trevor Francis|
Samuel Trevor Francis is the author of this hymn. Nothing else about it is known for sure. There is a legend that he wrote it as a personal testimony after nearly committing suicide as a young man by jumping into the Thames River off London’s Hungerford Bridge. While this suggests a certain dramatic angle for interpreting the hymn, no reputable evidence has been found to corroborate the story.
The text has three eight-line stanzas. It is a testimony in the first person to the magnitude, power, eternity, and sweetness of the love of Jesus, and how His love will carry us to Him someday.
The most common tune for this text is a Welsh one, EBENEZER. It was written by Thomas Williams in the late nineteenth century as part of an anthem. An alternate title is TON-Y-BOTEL, which comes from a legend that this tune was found in a bottle on the coast of Wales. EBENEZER can be sung in unison or harmony. Sing with a brisk tempo, so that the triplets do not drag.
This hymn could be used for a service where the love of God or testimony to God's love is a theme. If the hymn is a familiar one to the congregation, a piano setting, such as is found in “My Jesus, I Love Thee” or “Celtic Hymn Settings for Piano” could be used for a time of reflection following a testimony of faith or a Scripture reading. Otherwise, a choral anthem could be used for the purpose, such as “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” set to the peaceful tune BUNESSAN with piano accompaniment and some original music by Jack Schrader.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org