Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

The Love of God


This song has two authors. The story goes that an unknown man who suffered with “mental illness” wrote the last verse of this song…before the first two were written. Apparently during a time of sanity, he wrote this poem on the wall of his hospital room. It was found soon after he died.  Evidently God gave him real clarity of heart and mind as he penned the beautiful verse.  Sounds like a very sane and aware person, to me. After you read the words below, you may agree.

The inspiring poem was circulated by many who felt it should be preserved for future generations. Some time later, Frederick M. Lehman picked up a scrap of paper and penned the first two verses and chorus and added the existing third verse of the unknown author.  Lehman assisted by his daughter Claudia, completed the hymn in 1917.

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.

When years of time shall pass away

And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,

When men who here refuse to pray,

On rocks and hills and mountains call.

God’s love so sure, shall still endure

All measureless and strong

Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole

Though stretched from sky to sky.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Public Doman: Frederick M. Lehman

Have you experienced His enduring love and matchless grace? How has it affected your life? 

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his
Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:10 NLT).

Click here to view David Phelps: The Love of God

10 thoughts on “The Love of God

  1. Wow, Sweetie, how great. I love it!


  2. Oh Glenda, how beautiful is the Love of God. Thank you for sharing today.
    Love, Kay


  3. Love it Grandma. Thanks for your WONDERFUL birthday gift!
    Happy Valentines Day!


    • Love you sweetheart. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful birthday celebration tomorrow. Your mom sure did a labor of love all day long on Valentines Day 12 years ago! Glad you like your gift. Take a pic and send to me. O.K.?
      Hugs to you and family!


  4. Beautiful story and beautiful song . . love that no quill, scribe, or scroll can ever write out the deep deep love of God. The beautiful love of God our Father.


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