223. O God, Whose Wondrous Name Is Love

6-8s.
by R. Chapman
1
O God, whose wondrous name is Love,
 
Whose grace has fashioned us anew,
 
Before Thy face now stands the Lamb,
 
Whom sinful man once pierced and slew;
 
For us Thy Son Thou didst not spare,
 
For us how canst Thou cease to care?
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
2
O heavenly Father, grant us all
 
The newborn babe's simplicity!
 
From us the doubtful mind remove;
 
We boast a God that cannot lie!
 
Taught to repose, through love divine,
 
On truth itself, on truth divine.
3
Thou art the Potter, we the clay,
 
Thy will be ours, Thy truth our light,
 
Thy love the fountain of our joy,
 
Thine arm a safeguard day and night,
 
Till Thou shalt wipe all tears away,
 
And bring forth everlasting day.