Stories Behind The Hymn: Amazing Grace

Music

Amazing Grace tells a story of grace and salvation to all you believe in it power.  It was written in 1779 by John Newton (1725 – 1807) The music tune was composed by unknown publisher by 1829. Psalm 66:16, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.” This scripture shares the heart of Newton as he left the slave trade to become a clergyman. From the deliverance from the deeps of the sea storm until his passing, John Newton never ceased to stand in awe of God’s work in his life.

Lyrics

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.

’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.

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