Prevenient Grace

Words cannot truly describe the incredible gift of God’s grace given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. But some of the expressions that come closest to describing God’s grace are found in the lyrics of our hymns and worship songs. These inspired words—combined with the power of music—can lead us into meaningful times of worship.

Monday – Isaiah 43.1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. If we are honest, we all love to hear the sound of our name—some believe it is the sweetest sound to people’s ears. But how much more wonderful to hear our name called by God in connection with His grace: “Jim, I died for you”; “Anne, you are My child”; “Cheryl, I believe in you”; “_______, my grace is for you.” May the Holy Spirit speak God’s grace to your name and heart today.

Tuesday – Lamentations 3.23. Amazing, still. Your Grace Still Amazes Me by Phillips, Craig, and Dean speaks of our enduring Friend. Our human friends cannot know everything about us, and they cannot meet every need of our lives. But we have a Friend who knows all of our thoughts and actions, yet loves us in a complete and mighty way. He never falters; His faithfulness is steadfast. We can lean on Him and His grace each and every day. With each new morning we can say: Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Wednesday – Romans 8.2. My chains are gone. Throughout history, the system of slavery shackled the wrists and ankles of some of our fellow human beings. These chains not only inhibit physical movement, but have immense consequences for the emotional well-being of the enslaved. Likewise, our sin can restrain and enslave us. But because of God’s grace, Chris Tomlin’s words ring true: My chains are gone; I’ve been set free! May God take the bolt-cutters of His grace to our sins today, rendering them powerless over our lives.

Thursday – 2 Peter 1.2. Greater. Marvelous: causing great wonder, extraordinary. We stand in awe of God’s marvelous grace. That the God of the universe would come live as a human, die on a cross, and rise again to provide a way for us to know Him is sometimes hard to fathom. Infinite: impossible to measure or calculate. How can we ever find the boundaries of this grace God has given? No matter how far we travel, how powerful the telescope, or how advanced our technology becomes, we will never find the edge of His grace. Matchless: unrivaled, unparalleled, unsurpassable. His grace has no equal. No matter what our sin may be, the matchless grace of Jesus surpasses it. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace; grace greater than our sin.

Friday – Ephesians 1.5. Adopted by grace. In This is Amazing Grace, Phil Wickham writes the line: Who makes the orphan a son and daughter? God’s grace not only provides for our sin, but welcomes us into His family as adopted children. We are no longer standing outside looking in, we are part of His family, pulling a seat up to the table, resting in the house of our heavenly Father, and sharing in the inheritance. And what an inheritance it is. Love, grace, peace, joy, and a purpose for our lives. We are children of the King.

Saturday – 2 Corinthians 12.9. Enough. Have you ever been concerned that what you have will not be enough? Maybe it is enough money for the month. Maybe it is enough skills or talent for the job. Maybe it is enough wisdom to deal with aging parents. Matt Maher’s song, Your Grace Is Enough, reminds us that we are not limited to our own resources or natural gifts, but we can lean on Christ’s strength. May today be a day when we depend less on our humanity and more on the all-sufficient power of Christ’s resurrection.