Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Here is a beloved hymn from the days of the 1904 Welsh revival written by William Rees. It is considered to be the “love song” of the Welsh revival. Rees was born in Wales but was a pastor for over 30 years in Liverpool, England where he is now buried. This is a stirring hymn calling on us to be lost in love and wonder and praise at such love shown to sinners such as us. The hymn isn’t overly sappy or sentimental but is a rich description of God’s steadfast love for His people in Christ Jesus. Who can cease to sing His praise? Here are a few versions of the song with some Welsh and English lyrics.