If you watch a movie that shows people in a church situation, chances are that any hymn sung will be “Amazing Grace.” And according to the news, “Amazing Grace” was sung at a recent memorial for victims of the theater shooting. Why this song?
Sure, it’s a wonderful song. It tells of the total depravity of the human race. And of God’s unexplainable kindness that pities and saves the undeserving sinner and sees Him safely to heaven where he will enjoy unending bliss—just because God is like that!
What baffles me is why this song is so popular in this age when people don’t want to admit they’re sinners—or that God is totally good—or that He even exists, for that matter. Do people listen to the words they’re singing? I’d love to hear your ideas on this!
Six stanzas of “Amazing Grace” are given below. The fourth and fifth are not included in many hymnbooks, but I wish they were.
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
Than when we’ve first begun.