Behold the Love
Barton W. Stone (of Stone-Cambell movement fame) wrote only one hymn: “Behold the Love, the Grace of God.” What struck me about Stone’s text is how effusive it is: “My soul’s on fire, it pants to prove the fullness of redeeming love.” Though I decided to write new lyrics, I tried to retain the original text’s first-person awe and gratefulness for Jesus’ sacrifice. This would be a great song for communion or Good Friday. Think of it as a gospel sibling of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
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words by Greg Scheer, inspired by Barton W. Stone
music by Greg Scheer
copyright April 13, 2022
1. Behold the love, the grace of God,
displayed in Jesus’ precious blood.
My tongue will tell, my soul will sing
of Jesus Christ’s redeeming love!
I see the cross on which my Lord
bore all my sin within his pain.
He conquered death to bring me life
and I am healed; I’m born again.
2. O love of God, there is no end!
There is no bottom to his grace.
My sinful heart can cling to hope
when I see Jesus’ suffering face.
For though my sin could fill the sea,
God’s tender love is deeper yet.
He sent his Son to die for me,
to pay this grateful sinner’s debt.