O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus
Traditional Hymn (Lyrics by Samuel Trevor Franics/Music by Thomas J. Williams) arranged by Brent Olstad (ASCAP)
This hymn has always been a favorite of mine because of its beautiful and flowing melody, the haunting harmonies, and above all, because the hope-giving lyrics reminds me of Romans 8:3:35-37. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” This version of the hymn is probably different than any others you’ve heard, but to me the arrangement speaks of joy and celebration, something we can have in abundance because of God’s deep love. “‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ‘tis a haven sweet of rest.”
Editor's note: This has long been a favorite hymn of Dads Band member Jim Achilles and his wife Deanna. It was performed at their wedding, and Jim's Jazz Band Idle Fret plays a snappy jazz waltz version in concert.