Sunday, February 10, 2013

Song for Sunday: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

This Charles Wesley hymn, which we sang in church this morning, is perfect for Valentine Sunday. With old - fashioned language, it reminds us of the depth of God's love. 

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Charles Wesley, 1747

What is your favorite hymn of love?


  1. Oh... Hymns. Do I know any hymns. There are so many beautiful songs and hymns and most of them are about love. The only one I can think of right now is a Swedish one called Så skimrande var aldrig havet (Never was the sea as shimmering. My translation)

    1. Oh that song sounds intriguing! Yes, many songs and hymns are about love. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This took me back to parochial school! No favorite hymn...just lots coming back to me. Thank you!

    1. Fun to remember, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I don't know any religious songs beyond Amazing Grace and Christmas music, but I've always appreciated how very pretty hymns can be!

    1. Amazing Grace is one of my very favvorite hymns.

  4. I love Amazing Grace @Angela! I love This little light of mine and What a friend I have in Jesus. These are my childhood favorites. Thanks for the flashback!