Author: John Newton, 1779
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.
“Amazing grace,” freely given, no strings attached, from the heart of God: to a “wretch” of a slave trader, to all who believe, and to even me!
Life can be so hard; the world a fearful place, full of “dangers, toils and snares,” but we can have peace because His grace will keep us safe and “lead us home!” And when I sing the final verse, “when we’ve been there ten thousand years,” my heart is so full I want to shout for joy of what is yet to come, and will last for all eternity – all because of His amazing grace!