~* WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS? *~
Author Unknown

And if a man have committed a sin worth of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Deuteronomy 21:22 & 23

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

Not father or mother has loved you as God has, for it was that you might be happy He gave His only Son. When He bowed His head in the death hour, love solemnized its triumph; the sacrifice there was complete.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This beloved hymn, with its plaintive sound, is one of the best known of our authentic American folk hymns. Like all true folk music, the origins of this text and music remain unknown. It is simply the product of devout people who, when reflecting seriously on the sacrificial gift of God's only begotten Son, respond simultaneously with amazed adoration for this "wondrous love".

One typical folk hymn characteristic found in these words is the repetition of key phrases such as "O my soul" and "I will sing". Since folk music is generally learned aurally without the assistance of the printed page or musical notation, such repetition is necessary. Note also how effectively the curving melodic lines enhance the thought and personal application of the words.

The hymn first appeared in 1835 in a collection titled William Walker's Southern Harmony. These simply stated words with their appealing music have since ministered to people everywhere, extolling the profound truth of Christ's love for each of us. Allow the hymn to move your heart to awe-filled love and thankfulness even now.



What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath Godís righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great ďI AmĒ;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing!

And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing on, Iíll sing on;
And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing on!
And when from death Iím free, Iíll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, Iíll sing on, Iíll sing on;
And through eternity, Iíll sing on!



*For Today*: Numbers 21:8; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:14-18; I John 3:1; Revelation 1:5 & 6

Reflect once again on the wondrous love of Christ in your behalf. Determine to share your Lord and His wondrous love with another.

Music

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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