Thursday, January 24

The Sound of Sweet Grace

John 9:25 He answered, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

How sweet the sound and how precious is the grace when a sinner rests and trusts in his savior Jesus Christ. As his blind spiritual eyes are made to see, he is overcome with joy and peace as he reflects on his former life of sin. With spiritual sight, he can see how wretched and blind he used to be. But now his life is new and his focus is on the things of God, the Word of God, and the people of God. The old attitudes are gone and the new has come. He has new likes and new dislikes. What once were pleasures are now sorrows. Things that once brought pride now bring shame. Grace has wrought a new creature with a new heart. It is grace. It is amazing, and its sound is sweet. What a comfort it is to know that grace will lead the believer home, when the flesh and heart fail. In the blink of an eye there will be a transformation and glory shall begin. Christian, meditate on this and take comfort.

Amazing Grace
Words By: John Newton

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.

’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,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

6 comments:

donsands said...

"We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise"

Won't it be marvelous to Christ our Lord. And then to be able to praise Him without the hinderance of sin tainted thoughts.

The greatest of all hymns I think. At least for me.

Amazing Grace!

Susan said...

Ditto. The most amazing of hymns.

Jazzy, that's an *awesome* photo and die-cut (for lack of better word, I don't know the appropriate Photoshop term - cropping maybe? Is that right when the image is cut other than just squared?)

Your work is remarkable!

jazzycat said...

Susan,
Thanks. I love to work with photographs and I use my own. This photo was taken at the Barnyard Opry (link to the right). I cloned the subject directly on a white background and then tweaked it with two artistic type filters (poster edge and cutout).

mark pierson said...

"When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun."

Prolly see new things to praise Him for every day for eternity as well.

jazzycat said...

I think it is good to meditate on the eternal state.........

Susan said...

Jazzy,

I think you're right. I need to meditate as much and even more on the eternal future state as I do on the present and the past. I need to think of the future eternal state in reality - as real as I know the past and present to be.

'Tis good, as you write, to do so. Very good.