Sunday, March 08, 2009

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We sang this hymn during the memorial service for my good friend Bob Glaze back on February 6. I saved the service bulletin and have thought of these lyrics often since then. Certainly, Bob lived these sentiments.

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

There's a wideness in God's mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.

There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior;
There is healing in His blood.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be more loving
In the likeness of our Lord.

[Lyrics: Frederick William Faber]

2 comments:

courtney said...

Thank you for sharing these words Larry. I will carry them with me as we start the week.

Curtis said...

You don't have all of the lyrics here.

You have verses 1, 3, 11, 8, and 5.

There are 12 verses.

http://www.scriptureandmusic.com/Music/Text_Files/Theres_A_Wideness_In_Gods_Mercy.html