by Ken Trivette

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Oh How He Loves You and Me (2 of 8)
Series: The Wondrous Story
Ken D. Trivette
John 3:16

1. Many times the great hymn of F.M. Lehman, ''The Love of God'' has thrilled our hearts. The familiar first stanza goes:

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.

Then the chorus:

O Love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forever-more endure
The saints and angels song.

2. The story goes that when Lehman tried to write a third verse to the song the words just wouldn't fall into place. He then thought of a card he had once received that had on it a poem about the love of God. He searched for the card and soon found it. Lehman read the words on the card and his heart was just as thrilled with the poem as the first time he read it. He began to voice the words of the poem with the melody he had composed for his song. They fit perfectly and he knew he had his third verse to his song, ''The Love of God.''

Lehman noticed at the bottom of the card some smaller but heavier printing. It told the story of the origin of the poem. It told that the poem was found written on a cell wall in a prison some 200 years earlier. It was not known why the prisoner was incarcerated; neither was it known if the words were original or if he had heard them elsewhere. Whatever the circumstances, he had written them on the wall of his prison cell. That third stanza goes:

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were ev'ry stalk on earth a quill
And ev'ry man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Tho stretched from sky to sky.1

3. As we continue thinking about ''The Wondrous Story'' as defined, declared, and described by Joh ...

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