Amazing Grace…The Sound is Truly Sweet!
In many modern worship songs there is a lack of theology. It is truly heartbreaking to see so much music with so little theological depth. I think this lack of depth is what draws me to the hymns of old. They are lyrically beautiful and focused on theology. Few hymns communicate like the hymn “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. Most of us have sung this legendary hymn but have we all considered the deep theological words we sing? The first stanza of “Amazing Grace” says:
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.
As mentioned earlier this hymn is both lyrically and theologically beautiful. What I love about Newton’s hymn is that it speaks of God’s wonderful grace. His hymn speaks about the beauty of God’s love for his people by showing that even though we were sinners Jesus paid the price for us. Most of us hear sermons about God’s love but few have heard sermons about God’s powerful saving grace. As Newton points out God’s grace “saved a wretch like” him. God’s grace doesn’t try to save. God’s grace saves.
Newton’s words seem to reflect the words penned by Paul in the book of Ephesians:
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared before hand so we may do them. -Ephesians 2:8-10, NET
Paul’s words are striking and clear. God’s grace is what gives us faith. We, as humans, do not earn salvation. We do not make a positive move towards God until we have been given the grace to do so. God’s grace provides us with faith. God’s grace saves us. God’s grace causes was to do good works in the name of Christ. It is all of God and not of man. This is often missed by many who read the words of the Bible and sing the words of Newton.
We can not afford to miss this vital truth of God. I want to end this post with the words of John Newton found in his poem “In Evil Long I Took Delight”:
Thus, while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too.
With pleasing grief, and mournful joy,
My spirit now is fill’d,
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by Him I kill’d!
May we all realize the wonderful and powerful grace of God!
Thanks for reading.
Posted on March 20, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Theology and tagged Christianity, Culture, Ephesians 2:8-10, Grace, life, reformed theology, theology, truth, Worship. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.