How Sweet the Sound!
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God" (1 Chronicles 17:16–17, NIV).
Is any hymn more beloved than “Amazing Grace”? The lyrics do seem to sum up a Christian’s journey of redemption, the divine grace of God, and the promise of eternal life. With its simply stated definition of eternity—“When we’ve been there ten thousand years... We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun”—it is no wonder that it is sung at many funerals.
Understanding how the hymn came to be written deepens the meaning of the words. An Anglican priest, John Newton, used the hymn to reflect on his earlier service as captain of a slave ship. He was haunted by the evil of those deeds but was amazed that God would provide such grace despite his wretched past. Note the passion in his words:
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. . . .
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
Know that if God gives grace to a man with this depth of sin, He can certainly forgive your past and open the gates of heaven to you for eternity. Why don’t you trust in His grace today?