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O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!
      The following is a powerful, moving hymn about the depth and beauty of God’s great love. A very emotional and personal text, this song can help us comprehend “what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19) In verse 1, the vastness, fullness, and envelopment of God’s love is explored, while in verse 2 God’s love is tied specifically to the work of Jesus on our behalf and the praise that work brings forth from believers. In conclusion, we sing the most amazing thought, that God’s love is a “heaven of heavens” to me, as if to say that God’s love is so far beyond any other love that it is a heaven’s-measure above all.
                                           
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 Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Your glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Spread His praise from shore to shore,
How His love is never-ending,
And it changes nevermore;
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He’s interceding,
Watching o’er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Love of ev’ry love the best:
‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
‘Tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
‘Tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
With You evermore to be.







In the Shadow of the Cross


William J. Henry
Clara M. Brooks, pub.1911
Scripture: Colossians 2:14


                                           
In the shadow of the cross let me hide,
There the Savior for my sins bled and died;
There the precious, cleansing fount
Flows so free from Calv’ry’s mount,
In the shadow of the cross let me hide.


* Refrain:
    In the shadow of the cross I will rest,
    For with everlasting peace I am blest;
    Here I dwell in love unknown,
    Streaming down from heaven’s throne,
    In the shadow of the cross I will rest.

In the shadow of the cross, blessed place!
Living only for the Lord, by His grace;
What He says I’ll gladly do,
Ever standing firm and true,
In the shadow of the cross, blessed place!

In the shadow of the cross, safe retreat,
Ever sitting lowly at Jesus’ feet;
While His presence is so near
I shall never, never fear,
In the shadow of the cross, safe retreat.

In the shadow of the cross, here I meet,
In communion with my Lord, oh, how sweet!
And my soul is borne above,
While I revel in His love,
In the shadow of the cross, here I meet!












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