DayBreaks for 03/08/12 – The Story of Amazing Grace
From the DayBreaks archive, 3/08/02:
When it comes time to talk about the great hymns of the faith, there are probably two hymns that stand head and shoulders above all others. One is “The Old Rugged Cross”. The other is “Amazing Grace”. Perhaps Amazing Grace is the one that is best known because it is often sung or played at funerals – even for non-believers (as strange as that may seem – perhaps it is to give some sense of hope for the lost soul). But do you know the story behind the song? I didn’t until I read it in The Unchained Soul by Calvin Miller. I hope you enjoy it:
“It was John Newton who used the adjective amazing to describe God’s grace. And well it marked his life. In his younger years, Newton had been a sailor. Even his shipmates agreed that he was the vilest of sailors. He could use more ‘cuss words’ in a row than any of them. He could also drink more than any of them. He was, by all the standards of his day, a sinful man. Several accounts abound concerning his sinfulness. One of the most curious tells of his being in a drunken stupor during a storm at sea. In this experience his whole life flashed before him, and he came face to face with the Cross. When Newton cried out to Jesus, his sins – like the Pilgrim’s in Pilgrim’s Progress – rolled off his back and tumbled downward into the empty tomb. How glorious is Newton’s testimony, sung now by Christians everywhere:
“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.”
The discovery that John Newton made so long ago can be discovered anew by those who don’t know Christ, but even by us day after day as believers, time after time that we’ve fallen and failed. We should never think that we’ve outgrown our need for God’s grace. We would all be better off if we ended each day with the wonderful story of Amazing Grace in our hearts.
PRAYER: Grace – O Lord, how sweet the sound!!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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