Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Amazing Grace!

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

The most important message we can ever hear is the free grace of God that forgives us of all our sins and gives us a perfect relationship with Him.

Around 1772, John Newton as the curate of Olney Church took as his text the opening words of David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 17:16-17,

‘…LORD God, my family and I don't deserve what you have already done for us, and yet you have promised to do even more for my descendants. You are treating me as if I am a very important person’. (Contemporary English Version)

Then he explained to his audience how David had come to this point in his life. Praising God for His care, His mercy and forgiveness, and His provision for the future. And all of that to one so insignificant; One who was so unworthy.

Reflecting upon the preserving grace of God to him in his turbulent seafaring days, Newton wrote a poem for that meeting to illustrate the gist of his message. He called it ‘O Faith's Review and Expectation'. It went like this:

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd 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 reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures

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

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be for ever mine.

As he presented his latest hymn to the congregation that morning, neither Newton nor the congregation could have had the slightest inkling as to how God, in His wonderful wisdom, was set to use this simple song about His amazing grace in the years to come.

In reflecting on grace I like this simple acrostic:

  • God in holy love
  • Reconciles a sinful humanity to Himself through His
  • Abundant forgiveness and
  • Changes us from the inside out, giving
  • Eternal life to all who believe on Jesus Christ.

Now that really is amazing grace.

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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