Probably the most well known and most sung hymn of all time, Amazing Grace, was written by John Newton. John Newton’s story is probably as famous as his well-loved hymn. John Newton for many years lived as a godless and hopeless man. As a sailor, he steered ships full of merchandise or slaves. Upon his conversion, he made a complete change of life and began to study Greek and Latin. He was eventually ordained and served as a minister. He died in England at the age of 82.
You might already know bits and parts of this hymn, but I encourage you to try to learn the whole thing. The words are very thought provoking and full of meaning. Although it is a long song with seven stanzas, it will be worth your while to learn this hymn by heart!
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did this grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall posses, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine,
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
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’d first begun.