Saturday, September 01, 2007

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

One of my all-time favorite hymns, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, was penned by Julia H. Johnston. The hymn is filled with phrases that clearly state the riches of God's grace. My sin was great but His grace was far greater.

The only word which I struggle with is "spilled" in the first verse. There could be, in my mind a least, a slight implication that Christ's blood was accidentally "spilled" at Calvary. I know that the hymnwriter was NOT conveying that at all so I try to look past this.

Being a pianist, I love to play this song and the melody and lyrics always refresh me and cause me to be grateful to God for His marvelous grace.

Here are the lyrics:

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.


Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.

What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

~ David


  1. i'm singing along ...
    i love this one too ...
    brings back church memories where the congregation just naturally sang in different harmonies ...

    blessings to you!

  2. Dear Mr. Fisher,

    I just want to let you know that I FINALLY went over to th Holy Experience Blog...and it is an excellent blog. I have to be honest--I love that it is written by a homeschooling mom, too, but that is just the cherry on the ice cream. :)

    Blessings and Prayers,
    Lil Pilgrim Pal