Sunday, August 27, 2006

O Glorious Love!

In my darkness Jesus found me,
Touched my eyes and made me see.
Broke sin's chains that long had bound me.
Gave me life and liberty.

O Glorious Love of Christ my Lord Divine.
That made Him stoop to save a soul like mine.
Through all my days and then in heaven above,
My song will silence never,
I'll worship Him forever,
And praise Him for His Glorious Love!

Oh amazing Truth to ponder,
He whom angel hosts attend.
Lord of Heaven, God's Son what Wonder!
He became the sinner's friend.

By John W. Peterson

John W. Peterson was born in Lindsborg, Kansas, and began his musical career while he was still in his teens. During World War II, he served as an Army Air Force pilot flying the famed "China Hump." Later, he attended Moody Bible Institute and served on the radio staff there for a number of years. In 1953, he graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and shortly thereafter settled in Pennsylvania to continue his songwriting career. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for over ten years he served as President and Editor-in-Chief of Singspiration, a sacred music publishing company. He now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he continues to write music. He also serves on the board of Gospel Films, Inc. of Muskegon, Michigan. He has had wide experience as a choral director, and throughout his career has been in great demand as guest conductor of his own works.

In 1967, the National Evangelical Film Foundation presented Mr. Peterson with the Sacred Music Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of sacred music. In the same year, he received the honorary degree, Doctor of Sacred Music, from John Brown University. In 1971, he received the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon; and in 1979, he received the honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1977, his autobiography, THE MIRACLE GOES ON, was published by Zondervan Publishing House, and a film by the same title was released by Gospel Films. In 1996 at MusiCalifornia, Mr. Peterson received the prestigious Ray DeVries Church Music Award. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA as well as WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD.


shoprat said...

I am totally unfamiliar with that one.

Gayle said...

It sounds vaguely familiar to me, but I believe it's been a long, long time since I've heard it. It's a beautiful hymn, JGF. I'm glad to hear Mr. Peterson is still with us. :)

jgf said...

I didn't know if I had ever heard it, but I love the lyrics. That and it was time to have one with a living author!

Anonymous said...

"O Glorious Love"

I have heard this song only once and thanks to this site I now have the lyrics.
The only problem is that I have forgotton the tune.
Does anyone have the sheet music, midi file or guitar chords.

Breuss Wane said...

John W. Peterson died Sept. 20, 2006

Anonymous said...

I have heard this Hymn twice when I happened to be tuned in to FM Radio 91.8 I believe, called Family Radio out of California, perhaps Sandiago. I recently heard the first few words being sung by a man with a fantastic voice on a promotion for a Christian Ceuise either of the Carabbean, or to Alaska on one of five Christian Channels I get on TV. I would dearly love to get it as sheet music for piano.

Anonymous said...

I heard this song over 25 years ago, and I could not find it for the longest time, It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. No one else seemed to remember it, not even the music teacher who brought it to our class attention. now I can show people I am not crazy. said...

I found a few sites that have this song. I too wish i could find some sheet music for it. I found a woman selling it on ebay but it expired a while ago.

That site has a couple Midi versions you can listen to.

And so far the only chords i can figure out are Bb and F maybe a G haha , i doubt that helps but ya never know.
Please Email me if anyone finds anything better. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Music for this great hymn can be purchased in a book of Peterson's songs entitled "Legacy." It is available at

Anonymous said...

I love this song! The words are so amazing!! I am also looking for the sheet music for it.

Anonymous said...

I have heard this beautiful song a few times on Family Radio. I have added an additional verse as follows:

Throughout time and endless ages
I shall live eternally
For my precious Lord and Saviour
Gave his all to ransom me.

O glorious love of Christ my Lord Divine-----

Anonymous said...

A very beautiful song that is seldom heard. To hear it, check YouTube.

Lynda said...

Beautiful music for "O Glorious Love" by Angelo Dimotsantos, Between Heaven & Earth, Hymns of Praise. Beautiful, lovely, soul rendering.

Arwen's Friend said...

Thanks for posting this! I love this song and I'm writing about it, and it's hard to find a good, correct copy of the lyrics.

Anthony said...

Thank you so much. This one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. A husband and wife sang it at our church many years ago and I have never been able to find a really good recording of it. For the person who has forgotten the tune, check You Tube. The videos aren't very good but you'll get the tune.

God bless you for posting the words.


Anonymous said...

This is one of the most beautiful songs that has ever been written in my opinion. I have heard it sung only a few times through the years and I'm surprised that it isn't more popular today. The music and words are so beautifully woven together that I think it will be sung in heaven someday! Thank you so much for posting the lyrics.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the words to this glorious hymn! Have you ever heard the Fountain View Academy Choir sing this? They do a beautiful job!

Jacki Spohn Prettyman said...

A truly glorious song that gives my Holy Ghost bumps every time I hear it. There is a youtube video of it and I have it pinned to listen to. Incredible song sung by Scott Strader.

Jacki Spohn Prettyman said...

A truly glorious song that gives my Holy Ghost bumps every time I hear it. There is a youtube video of it and I have it pinned to listen to. Incredible song sung by Scott Strader.