Here is Love. . . .a little hymnology

In light of my previous post, I did a little more research on the hymn “Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean.” I just wanted ya’ll to know the history of this song.

 

Welsh preacher and writer William Rees originally wrote the hymn “Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean.” The first time it was used was at Ebenezer Baptist Church located around Aberavon, Wales. This meeting became a spring board for the Welsh Revival. Many people in the area felt the working of the Holy Spirit and over 1,000 people came to this church service. This meeting became impassioned with fervent prayer and religious fervor. The people were so emotional that the service lasted for four hours! This meeting would ignite a fire within the souls of men, women, and children that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would spread throughout Great Britain and several other countries.

The hymn that struck such a chord within these Welsh people’s souls would last throughout the Revival. The people would sing This great song from church to church, from meeting to meeting. They focused on the great love that God had for them and the result was life changing.

The WELSH REVIVAL lasted an entire year and resulted in over 150,000 people converted inWales. Lives were TRANSFORMED! Lifestyles were CHANGED! Homes and families were HEALED! Churches were packed and on FIRE with fervour and zeal! All because they focused on the Love of Christ.

William Edwards would translate the hymn from Welsh to English, and  added it to the Baptist Book of Praise in 1900. Unfortunately, the song has only been added to a handful of other songbooks. With the arrangements from Matt Redman the song has gained some new recognition and once again is helping to spark transformation in the hearts of God’s people.

Today, focus on His love for you, and how can you share that with someone today.

“For God so loved ithe world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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~ by blitzz5 on February 12, 2013.

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