Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided links to different versions to enjoy and a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this year’s selections are familiar, and others are a little more obscure. This month, we are learning Amazing Grace.
Lyrics by John Newton 1779, with additional verses added later;
Tune: “New Britain” since 1835
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.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we’ve first begun.
“Amazing Grace” is one of the best-known hymns in the world. It was written by a man who had done terrible things to other humans and survived multiple accidents that could have claimed his life. He knew he was the recipient of a truly amazing grace. After John Newton came to know Jesus, he was passionate about introducing other people to Him, also.
John Newton Portrait By Contemporary portrait – http://100megsfree4.com/dictionary/theology/tdicn.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4252108