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Here is Love – the power-packing classic that got modern

I had no idea that Matt Redman did a ‘refurbed’ version of this amazing hymn I learnt and loved at one of my old student churches. These first two verses of the hymn capture the key elements of the gospel so boldly, and so well. Feast your hearts on this, friends. I hope it blesses you greatly.

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the 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 Heav’n’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 Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Words are by Reese Williams (1802-1883), with the melody written by Robert Lowry (1876). Matt Redman’s version came out in 2004 with Kingsway.

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Church Music Wars and Page CXVI. Including Pre-release Stream of their New Album!

Page CXVI

The debate wears on. When we ditch our trad. hymns in church for some of the funkier stuff we heard at Soul Survivor or Spring Harvest, is it a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, or is there an important part of our spiritual heritage that we’re abandoning when we do that? Don’t get me wrong. Everyone loves a good chorus of ‘Oh, Happy Day’.

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