The Steadfast Love of God Endures


by Mike Ratliff

No matter how far away from the light the Church drifts into apostasy and darkness, we must remain faithful and understand that God is sovereign. Those God gives over to their idolatry are spiritually blind. They cannot see that while they believe they are serving God they are actually walking in rebellion. It seems that at this time God is placing me in a position of reflection on His grace and His love and that neither of them will ever fail. We must pray for those in darkness and never stop telling them the truth. Perhaps God will have mercy on them and call them to come out of the Scarlet Woman, from darkness into the light.

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Here is Love


Yesterday at the church my wife and I have been visiting, we had communion. The following song was sung as “the cup” was being passed out. I wept as the depth and breadth of God’s love for His people became apparent to me, at least to the extent that I could grasp it…

Here Is Love

music and extra lyrics by Steve & Vikki Cook
lyrics by William Rees

Here is love wide as the ocean
Loving kindness as a 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 Heaven’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 Heaven’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love

Oh how marvelous, oh how glorious
Is my Savior’s love for me!
Oh how marvelous, oh how glorious
Is my Savior’s love for me!

Of Your fullness You are pouring
Your great love on me anew
Without measure, full and boundless
Drawing out my heart to You
You alone will be my glory
Nothing in the world I see
You have cleansed and sanctified me
You Yourself have set me free

© 2002 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From the CD All We Long to See.

Addendum: Thanks to Don Moffitt at at Backus Books for the fascinating history of this song. From Don: ”

Mr. Ratliff,

I noted with interest your short article today on the CRN website regarding Dyma Gariad (Here is Love). Being Scottish, I first became aware of this hymn several years ago when I purchased a cd of a group that does Celtic worship music. I was quite taken by the hymn and it has been one of my favorites since then. Should you desire to see two quality versions of Dyma Gariad I would direct you to the following two YouTube videos: Katherine Jenkins at the Welsh Morriston Chapel ). The other version is by Huw Priday, a Welsh tenor

The version you cited has a third verse that I am not familiar with. I am also attaching a version that was provided to me by a pastor friend. It has a third and fourth verse that are not included in the version you cite. You may be interested in these additional verses. You may also be interested to know that the hymn was written by a Baptist pastor, William Rees (1802 – 1883) and was known as the love song of the Welsh Revivals of 1904.

Of the two YouTube versions, I think the one by Huw Priday is the best. When I found it a couple of months ago I played it three times and each time I was reduced to tears. I was so taken that I contacted Priday productions to see if I could offer the cd to my customers. I also ordered a copy for myself. The cd also contains an excellent hymn called “Lover of My Heart” which quickly became another favorite of mine. Priday graciously extended me a distributorship for their products so that I can buy in quantity for resale to my customers on my own website – www.backusbooks.com .

I agree with your assessment of the hymn and hope that it can become more widely known among Christians in this day.

Don Moffitt

Backus Books

Here is the pdf of the original song: Here is Love