What Wondrous Love is This


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Reading through posts you may have determined my favorite theme is God’s personal love for me, and for you. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil 2:6-8). Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (1 John 3:1).

What Wondrous is This has been sang across Christian denominations since the middle of the nineteenth century, yet I first heard it just a few years ago when Evangelist Ed Ballew performed it (modified version). I do listen to the published version often. The lyrics are credited to Alexander Means though some consider What Wondrous is This to be a n anonymously written folk song. Regardless, the message of the song echoes the Gospel and gives praise to Christ. The hymn was first sang to music from The South­ern Har­mo­ny and Mu­sic­al Com­pan­ion, by Will­iam Walk­er (New York: Hast­ings House, 1835) but mostly now to an arrangement of that music by Will­iam J. Rey­nolds.

1. 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
.

2. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was singing down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul
.

3. 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 “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing
.

4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing and joyful be;
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on
.

My favorite version:

But I like this one as well:

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (Psalm 40:2)

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