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Shelley Jennings - The Love Of God

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2011

"The Love Of God" is a hymn written in 1917 by Frederick M. Lehman. However its origins date back to the year 1096 when a Jewish hymn writer wrote a portion of the song. Lehman finished it over 800 years later.

This version by Shelley Jennings combines two different tunes. One is the tune of the original hymn by Lehman, and the other is the tune of the song "The Water Is Wide", a song that itself dates back to the 1600s. The two tunes mesh together very well. The hymn is typically sung in an upbeat style, but Shelley sings it in a lullaby style. Not surprising, since the song is from Shelley's album "Quiet Rest: Lullabies For The Children Of God". While designed as a lullaby album, the music is certainly also appropriate for adults. I.e., it's adult Christian music sung in a style to comfort children (or adults for that matter). I checked out the album and it's got a lot of well-known hymns, but sung in a quiet, peaceful, soothing style.

The hymn, of course, is about the depth of God's love. I'm reminded of Ephesians 3:17-19, "...so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

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