John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, sunk to the lowest pits of life before coming to Christ for salvation. It’s easy to see why such words would come from him. The change in his life was drastic and dramatic. What about a life that wasn’t lived in such depths? What kind of song would a ready and willing heart produce for its Savior?
Charles Wesley wrote about 6,000 hymns. The son of a minister, his life would have been considered decent an respectable. The hymn text below is thought by most to be the hymn he wrote upon the occasion of accepting Christ as Savior. Instrumental in his decision was reading Psalm 107.
Giving thanks is the first subject and a recurring theme. Let the Lord’s redeemed say so! The nature of the statement is a command. If you are God’s, speak up about Him. Then, the writer describes events in the national life of Israel as one might describe the journey of an individual. They wandered without company or shelter. They were hungry, thirsty and their souls fainted within them.
“They cried out to the Lord in their distress and He delivered them,” (vs. 6). We often hate our difficult circumstances only to find they were allowed by God to make us cry out to Him. How much heartache would we avoid if we just cried out sooner? Two magnificent things follow.
First, verse 8 is repeated three times later in this Psalm. “Let them give thanks to God for His lovingkindness!” He loves us enough to be ready anytime we call out to Him. His might is more than sufficient to conquer our troubles. His acts are grand enough for us to marvel at His greatness. Do you see the other three uses of these same words?
Second, He satisfies us to the full. Not only is God’s provision greatest in quanitity, it’s also greatest in quality. He gives only what is good. This is how He loves you. He is ever waiting to hear us call out to Him. By the way, did your Mom ever teach you it was rude to keep someone waiting? Just checking.
And He broke their chains, (vs. 14). The Father is greater than whatever holds his child! I can imagine Charles Wesley reaching this point, laying his Bible aside, picking up his quill and letting the words flow out his fingertips. If we didn’t know his upbringing, we could easily believe he was the MVP of the Professional Sinners League. BUT, that is our human perspective. In the eyes of God’s justice, we all deserve that MVP award. Look through Wesley’s text and see if you can turn it into a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.
Soli Deo Gloria!
And Can It Be
Chorus Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou my God shouldst die for me?
Verse 1 And can it be that I should gain, an int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me?
Verse 2 He left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free; O praise my God it reaches me.
Verse 3 Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose went forth and followed Thee.
Verse 4 No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown through Christ my own.