Amazing Grace / Amazing Pain

One of the flagship songs of the Christian faith is the hymn by John Newton, originally titled “Faith’s Review and Expectation,” better known these days as “Amazing Grace.”  I love this hymn.  It is a joy to sing and to think about the hope we have in the grace of Jesus Christ which saved us.  One verse that makes me want to open up and sing loud is the last verse which was added later by a man named John Rees.

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 first begun.

Isn’t that wonderful?  It fills my heart with joy!  As it should.  I love singing God’s praise here on earth now, but can’t wait for the day that I will see my Savior face to face and be able to sing to Him with unveiled face!

Let’s think about this verse for a minute.  This is not a verse just anyone can sing.  Only those who have been saved can sing this with true expectation and longing in their hearts.  What about those who don’t have that faith and hope?  What will they bemoan? It will not be joyful singing on their lips, it will be grief and gnashing of teeth.  They will not sing of the joys of heaven, they will cry out of the torments of hell…

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
in torment and in pain,
the wrath of God, no end in sight
for eternity we are slain.

May this be a catalyst to you sharing the gospel with someone this week.  “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14

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