Cornerstone Songs

New Song: Your Grace

‘Undeserved favour, in the face of deserved wrath’ is my favourite description of grace. And as our leaders have often reminded us, ‘grace is not a thing – but the person of Jesus Christ.’ It is grace that saves us, but it is also grace that keeps us, sustains us, and enables us to live as we are called.

We have seen during our time in 1 John, to walk in the light (1:7), obey (5;3), and love one another (4:7) are all attributes that should be true of God’s people. Have you ever attempted to do those things in your own strength or ability? It is impossible. It is only through the empowering and enabling of the Holy Spirit those transformative characteristics are true of us – and that is grace.  ‘Your Grace,’ is a song that reminds us of Grace’s saving work, but also Grace’s sustaining work in our lives.

Our world provides many opportunities for us to doubt what we know is true – that He gives grace to the humble (Jm 4:6), that He meets our every need (Phil 4:19), that His promises are true (2 Cor 1:20) and that we can trust Him (Ps 118:8) we have been given grace upon grace (Jm 1:16). Grace enables us to walk in what we know to be true (Ps 130:5, Ps 63:8).

          In the waiting in the mystery, in the shadow of what’s yet to be

           I will trust You, I will cling to the promises You speak

We are weak but He is strong – praise God! We can come to Him with our weakness and see His power perfected, which reminds us and displays to the world Who is truly in control and strong to save (2 Cor 12:9, Phil 4:19, Zeph 3:17).

          Your grace is sufficient for me

          Your grace is sufficient for me

          Made perfect in the time of my need

          God, Your grace is sufficient for me

‘We are beggars; this is true,’ Luther reminds us. God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise (1 Cor 1:17). In God’s upside down kingdom, it is not the strong and together who receive and display His power, it is the empty, poor and weak (2 Cor 12:9).

           When I’m empty, when I’m poor and weak, let Your power come and rest on me

           I will trust You, I will cling to the promises You speak

 

           Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within

           Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all my sin

What we deserve is death everything else is grace (Rom 6:23). If grace is capable of saving us, grace is certainly capable of sustaining us. I hope that we are reminded of that unwavering reality in the lives of every Christ follower – take heart, He gives more grace (Jm 4:6)!