A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “Good God”
More than 100 years ago, a great renewal of genuine Christianity swept through Wales. Church buildings overflowed; thousands of new converts were made. Church historians and students of revival movements know this as the Welsh Revival of 1904.
Welsh Christian William Rees wrote a wonderful hymn, “Here Is Love, Vast as the Ocean.” It became known as the love song of the Welsh Revival and was used mightily by God during that time. Today, contemporary Christian artists have rediscovered it. The original lyrics stand as one of the most powerful hymns ever penned, showing the connection between God’s love and the gospel. Read the lyrics thoughtfully and prayerfully:
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.
Ask God to give you a fresh sense of His great love for you expressed through Jesus’ death, when “grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above.”
Pause and Reflect
• How can the death of a single Man be thought of as “love, vast as the ocean”?
• What did the songwriter mean by “Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice Kissed a guilty world in love”?
• What hymn or contemporary Christian song helps you get that the gospel is God’s love song to you?