Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Favorite Hymn

One of my all-time favorite hymns, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, was penned by Julia H. Johnston. The hymn is filled with phrases that clearly state the riches of God's grace. My sin was great but His grace was far greater.

The only word which I struggle with is "spilled" in the first verse. There could be, in my mind a least, a slight implication that Christ's blood was accidentally "spilled" at Calvary. I know that the hymnwriter was NOT conveying that at all so I try to look past this.

Being a pianist, I love to play this song and the melody and lyrics always refresh me and cause me to be grateful to God for His marvelous grace.

Here are the lyrics:

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.


Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.

What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

~ David


susanwalkergirl said...

One of my favorites David...but I could easily say that about most hymns. One of my favorite renditions is by Carmen. Thank you...and may He pour out that grace in abundance and to overflowing to His saints each day. Susan

Vicki said...

Oh, I can just hear you at those keys with the joy welling up inside! I can't play the piano, but I sure love to sing these hymns. Blessings on your Sabbath!

Pilot Mom said...

This is one of my favorites, too. And, like Susan, I love most hymns too.

Vicki, I can't play the piano either, nor can I carry a tune, but I surely "make a joyful noise" unto the Lord!! ;)

passing-thru said...

Yes , this hymn we used to sing alot back in the 70's in the Nazarene church , specially on a Sunday nite -- I can still hear it now -- amazing how great songs like these " stick " with U , continue to bless one , much more than even sermons do ---
Ladies, I said this so often but its true each time, I am thrilled to see the likes of Susan, and Vicki and Claire adding to these comments and posting - of course Susan goes way back and was "blogging" with David - but the "calibre" of Christian here is great -- ITS ABOUT TIME FOR TERRY TO SHOW UP ! the wedding wore her out :-)

hebrews 11:1 said...

I enjoy playing this one on the piano, too, but I'm sure I can't even play it half as well as the Pilgrim!

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for posting this hymn. I also, like the others, love it. Laughing with pilot mom - making a joyful noise!

Lisa J