Friday, July 10, 2009

Amazing Grace

John Newton
(1725-1807)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Then when we've first begun.

6 comments:

Gary Means said...

I truly wish that I could sing this with confidence, that this was my experience as well as my intellectual assent. I am not saying that I doubt the veracity of John Newton's words. I simply mean that I wish I could make them more my words as well.

But, I am where I am. I am still a child of God, though a recalcitrant child. I am a seeker of God, but aren't we all at some level even though most people have no idea that they seek Him? I am a "hoper" in God, tenaciously pursuing Him though life and fear give me many reasons to abandon that pursuit. Yet to NOT pursue Him, that is the more terrifying prospect. For without Him, all that is left is this world, filled with crazy, fallible, corruptible, decaying human beings. None of them can, nor can any worldly experience, meet the deepest needs of my soul. So I continue the pilgrimage with my broken faith.

YouDefiledMyDriveway said...

Hmmm...I don't think I have to guess why this was posted;)

David Cho said...

Cryptic posts.
Cryptic comments.
Cryptic hymns.

I feel SO left out.

Cryptically speaking, that is.

taintedsky said...

It's not cryptic. We sang this hymn at my bible study last night and I was inspired by how meaningful the lyrics are. It is just a beautiful hymn, which is why it is played so much perhaps.

My favorite hymn though is "When I Survey."

David Cho said...

Oh.

It wasn't so cryptic until Annie commented the cryptic comment which made it cryptic retroactively. Thanks for decrypting it.

Ah yes, a wonderful hymn indeed. It has to be the most famous hymn ever.

Gary Means said...

I particularly like William Shatner's rendition of it.