Oh, I love to sing. Just ask my family. An ole’ favorite took my heart to deep places this week with just this one line ~ Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
Most all of us are familiar with this song, but do we rest in this word? A wretch? Whoa! Do we realize what we’re admitting? We are saying we are messy miserable rascals apart from Jesus; poor, pitiful and without hope. This song goes far, deep and wide. I am captivated by what this is saying and what this is inviting us into. Admitting who we are so that we can receive who Jesus is ~ Mighty to save, full of grace, faithful and merciful Savior.
When we admit our condition, we can see His Amazing Grace! With the backdrop of our depravity, we sing in vivid color. Our hearts then echo the deep cry, deeper still…so amazing is His grace that saved a wretch like “me.”
Who ever thought that the sound of grace could be so rich? A diamond exposed in weakness and humility ~ ours and His. Lost, but now found, is the one who steps out and undresses their soul.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound ~
He covers wretches in robes of righteousness, in garments of salvation. (Isaiah 61:10)
May our souls sing this song in full color!
Lord, we hold back and cover up our depravity. Yet, You invite us to bring our whole selves to You, unhindered, so we can take in the whole story, the great exchange. Weak and without hope covered and clothed by amazing grace; resting in salvation and dressed for eternity. Lord, with deep gratitude we sing. Savior, how sweet the sound, how persistent Your love!
“What a wretch I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
Thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25)