New Song: This is Amazing Grace

There are a LOT of songs about grace.
A quick search on Google brings up 71,700,000 results in 0.26 seconds!  And it makes sense because grace is one of the basic concepts of protestant, Christian faith.   Martin Luther once wrote,

“…we are saved by grace alone, without works or other merit.”

So we are going to keep singing about grace with our new song this week.  It’s an upbeat tune that asks rhetorical questions about God.
VS1:  Who breaks the power of sin and darkness?
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.
In addition to grace, there are also a lot of verses that speak about sin in terms of darkness, but this one from Acts jumped out at me…
 “…to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” –Acts 26:18.  
Do we remember that when we were in sin before salvation we were also under the power of Satan?  It’s true.  Darkness isn’t just a metaphor for sin, it is a reference to Satan, the “power of darkness”.
Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder?
Who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.
As you can see, the question template for the verses is ripped off directly from King David in Psalm 24.  (Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?!?!)  In Psalm 24, David ends the psalm by asking a question…
 “Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.” –Psalm 24:9-10
Moving on, the chorus uses the phrase “Amazing Grace” which comes from one of the most popular hymns in history.  The author, Phil Wickham, writes,
“The song is simply about the amazing grace and unfailing love that this God, this King of glory, this King above all Kings, has shown to us…By taking our place on the Cross, He bore our sin and went to the grave so that we may be set free, so that we may be forgiven.  It’s an amazing thought…”
Ch: This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me
 The song continues with Verse 2…
Who brings our chaos back into order?
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.
Who rules the nations with truth and justice?
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.
The first part of this verse is close to my heart because as an adoptive father, I’ve come to realize what adoption really means.  Adoption isn’t just something that happened in my family.  That is a  picture of the bigger reality.  It’s a picture of what God has done for you and me…WE WERE ORPHANS WITHOUT A FATHER!  And God, our Heavenly Father, says this to us, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” –John 14:18
The bigger issue here, however, is one of chaos.  We see chaos in relationships and we also see chaos in the nations around us.  In both situations, God shines like a sun in contrast to the darkness of sin and Satan.
The bridge takes us from there to the worship of Heaven.  It includes angels, humans, animals, bird and fish of all kinds!  As John writes in Revelation 5:11-13
“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand…In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!'”
Notice the switch?  The song just went from personal singing to the communal worship of all of creation throughout time.  THIS IS THE WORSHIP OF HEAVEN THAT WE ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN TOGETHER!
Br: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
 And we all sing, “This is amazing grace…”

 

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