When I think back to the fear I had of God's judgment that was coming my way as my just reward, and that it was Gods' grace that I could see that; and that it was by His Grace that the way of salvation from the wrath I deserved was through His Son, Jesus;
When I remember how it felt when I first believed, to have that fear removed and replaced with that perfect love that casts out all fear of judgment, that Grace was precious to me.
When past and present sins, failings and injustices I have perpetrated come to mind, and
When I consider that He now deals with me as a loving Father raises and disciplines his son, that Grace is precious to me.
When I experience various trials, temptations and struggles, and I realize that same Grace that first revealed to me my need for God's mercy is the same Grace that has gotten me this far, and will lead me until I arrive blameless before my Heavenly Father.....
I sing with all my heart, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me"!
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas 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 hath 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.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
Amazing Grace was written by John Newton and published in 1779. The final verse by an unknown author, around 1829, was also found in "Uncle Tom's Cabin", by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in 1859.