How Sweet the Sound

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I have been pondering the grace of God a lot recently, and have come to the conclusion that it’s indescribable. His goodness defies circumstances, sin, hurt, fear and failure. Its forgiving might is deeper and wider than your worst act. The extent of the Lord’s mercy is far beyond all pain and capable of transforming even the most stubborn heart. It’s good and it’s true. His grace is so good, that it’s unexplainable by logic.

Because we are human, we are expected to fall short of perfection. Despite what the media says, it’s unattainable. But God never said we had to be perfect to be lovable. He created us each uniquely with different talents, interests and ethnicities.

From the beginning of time, God knew people would make mistakes. Right back in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God promised a redeemer to come from the seed not of a man but a woman (the virgin Mary).

We are told specifically in the book of Romans that all humans have fallen short from perfection, which is precisely why we need a Savior (Jesus) to rescue us from our sin.

Romans 3:23

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

So if we are imperfect beings loved by a perfect God, then what does God see in us that most of the world is blind to? Here it is: love. God loves us. If you’ve never really pondered this idea before, please do. He loves each and every person and He sent His only son to die on the cross for you so that we would be redeemed in His sight.

It’s a complicated subject, death, but it’s the ultimate source of sacrifice. You see, the price of sin is death and in the Old Testament sacrifices of animals and grains were made to God in order for the forgiveness of sins. But they were not enough to cover us. God knew that ultimately an animal is not the exact substitute for a human. Here comes Jesus, who had known this plan from the beginning of time. Jesus took our place on the cross, and paid the price for the sins of all humanity. Why? Because He loved us that much and wanted to bring us home to his everlasting Kingdom of Heaven.

It’s a story that never loses its power. It’s living and breathing and Holy and full of…grace. An undeserved pardon for our mistakes. Picture it this way, we are God’s children both you and I. And God loves His children and does not wish for even one to perish. He wants us whole. He wants us saved. He wants us to be with Him forever in the place where we shall find peace for all eternity.

Here we come back to this idea of goodness, so perfect that it’s hard to describe. Thankfully there is a word for this outpour of goodness and its called grace. This grace is amazing in fact. That one so Holy as Jesus would see so much beauty in people like you and me. We were once lost wanderers, but Jesus brought us into His arms and sang His song of salvation over us. Once we were lost but now we are found and our eyes have been opened to the beauty of this love.

If you enjoy the original song Amazing Grace, you will love this version by Citizen Way called “How Sweet the Sound” off their album Love Is the Evidence. It’s a constant reminder that it is by grace that we have been set free.

NOTE: I do not own this video

Yea though I walk through the valley
I know that You are always right beside me
And I will fear no evil
You’re my rock
And my strength
You comfort me

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
I hear You singing over me
I once was lost but now I’m found
And it’s beautiful
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
It covers every part of me
My soul is silent
I am found
And it’s a beautiful sound

You carry me through the waters
Where Your peace clears away all my sorrow
And nothing can separate us from Your love
Oh, Your love it will always be

You were healing in the pain
You were shelter in the storm
Hallelujah You restore my soul

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
I hear You singing over me
I once was lost but now I’m found

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
It covers every part of me
My soul is silent
I am found
And it’s a beautiful sound

A beautiful, beautiful sound

 

WEBSITE: http://citizenwaymusic.com

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