Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17b-19
**The following track can be found on the Rain City Hymnal available at resound.org.
Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus was written in 1875 by Samuel Trevor Francis.
Samuel Trevor Francis was born on November 19, 1834 in a village north of London. His father, soon after Samuel was born, moved the family to the city of Hull, midway up the English coast. As a child, Samuel enjoyed poetry and even compiled a little handwritten volume of his own poetry. He also developed a passion for music, joining the church choir at age nine.
As a teenager, however, Samuel struggled spiritually. And when he moved to London for work, he knew things weren’t right in his heart. One night, as he thought of suicide while walking a bridge over the Thames river, he had a spiritual encounter that renewed and strengthened his faith.
Francis later became a London merchant, but his real passion was hymn writing and open-air preaching, which occupied the remaining seventy-three years of his life. His hymns were published in The Life of Faith and other papers and periodicals. He was known throughout Great Britain and the world as an effective devotional speaker and died on December 28, 1925, at the age of ninety-two.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to My glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, and it lifts me up to Thee!