Friday, August 26, 2016

Throwback: Bates sing "The Love of God"

We're a day late with our #ThrowbackThursday post, but better late than never, right? This week's #TBT is a video of the Bates family singing the hymn "The Love of God" back in 2011, when Gil and Kelly had "only" 18 children.

On a side note, the 2013 movie Indescribable tells the story of "The Love of God."

"The Love of God"
Frederick M. Lehman

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.


Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.



  1. I absolutely love this song. It's one of my all time favorites.

    1. I know right!!! I was singing it just before I entered the blog when I did It just surprised me. ♥ the Bates!!!! ♥♥♥

  2. Lily and Ellie: Can you find out who was Erin's piano teacher growing up(not a name just if it was like a family friend or someone like that) did she go to someone's home to learn? Also what instruments does Chad enjoy playing and do either of them like to sing anyplace other than church? I love Alyssa's voice I was looking at a Bates family sings video on youtube of her and Tori and Erin and Zach..Alyssa has such a pretty singing voice!

  3. I love this song so much. The words and melody bring tears of joy to me every time I hear it.

  4. Alyssa's changed a lot and for good.