Wednesday, July 08, 2009

To the Praise of His Glorious Grace

In Sunday School, we talked about this verse of scripture from which the song is taken,

"In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,

according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious grace,

with which he has blessed us in the Beloved."

Ephesians 1: 5-6

And the song has been on my mind ever since.

I love it when a song is rich in meaning, but when coupled with a tune that emphasizes the text, is even more powerful. This song is just like that. If audio were available for me to link, I would. The music is incredibly beautiful.

But, the words...the words are incredibly true.

What astonishing mercy and power; in accord with His pleasure and will
He created each planet, each flower, every galaxy, microbe and hill;
He suspended this planet in space to the praise of His glorious grace,
To the praise of His glorious grace, to the praise of His glorious grace.

With despicable self love and rage, we rebelled and fell under the curse.
Yet God did not rip out the page and destroy all who love the perverse.
No, He chose us to make a new race, to the praise of His glorious grace,
To the praise of His glorious grace, to the praise of His glorious grace.

Providentially ruling all things to conform to the end He designed,
He mysteriously governs and brings His eternal wise plans into time.
He works out every step, every trace, to the praise of His glorious grace,
To the praise of His glorious grace, to the praise of His glorious grace.

Long before the creation began, He foreknew those He’d ransom in Christ;
Long before time’s cold hourglass ran, He ordained the supreme Sacrifice.
In the Cross He removed our disgrace, to the praise of His glorious grace,
To the praise of His glorious grace, to the praise of His glorious grace.

We were blessed in the heavenly realms long before being included in Christ.
Since we heard the good news, overwhelmed, we reach forward to seize Paradise.
We shall see Him ourselves, face to face, to the praise of His glorious grace,
To the praise of His glorious grace, to the praise of His glorious grace.


Text by D. A. Carson; Music by Paul Boling and Gerald Edmonds

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