The song Amazing Grace is one of my favorite Christian songs. It is also one of the most famous Christian songs and English folk hymns in the world. It is performed in an estimated 10 million times a year. Not only it has beautiful melodies, but it also contains beautiful message and Christians can easily relate to it.
The song’s message is about God’s amazing grace. His grace has done so many things for us and will do more in the future. His grace has saved us from troubles and our sins. And God’s most amazing grace is his salvation which is done and offered through His Son Jesus Christ. We are saved through grace even though we are unworthy. And this is why it is called Grace because we are given something that we are not worthy to receive.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
Here is a brief background and history of the song:
The Amazing Grace was written by John Newton, an English poet and clergyman, and was published in 1779. Newton was born in 1725 to a very religious mother, who died when he was only seven and a father who was a sailor. He joined his father on sailing at a very early age and learned sailing and navigation skills. He spent a large part of his life as a sailor and later joined the Royal Navy where he eventually participated in slave trade.
It was on the slave-ship ‘Greyhound’ that he had his life’s greatest awakening when he was heading towards England one night. Their already battered ship was hit by a vicious storm. The weary crew fought very hard to save the ship and survive. Newton became so frightened and called out to God for mercy, which marked the beginning of his spiritual journey.
Newton, being an atheist, became a firm believer in God’s grace after the incident and quit the sea altogether. After several attempts to be ordained as a minister, he finally became a preacher at the age of 39. John Newton mostly wrote about his life experiences in the hymn.
While reading John Newton’s story, I remembered the story of my uncle who became a Christian after a life-changing accident. His van slammed the rear end of a parked truck while on their way home from a drinking spree. If his driver didn’t woke up and woke him up, they would be smashed under the truck and died.
Sometimes, God uses life-threatening circumstances to make us realize that we need Him. We need Him to save us from troubles that we make and guide us to prevent them. God talks to us in many ways. Let us listen to Him before He rattles us by putting us on an unpleasant situation.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m 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
We have already come
It was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will bring us home
We’ve all been here ten thousand years
Bright shining like the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun