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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Sweetest Song I Know

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord..." -- Genesis 6:8

This verse is one of the first times that the word 'grace' is used in scripture. But it is far from the last. The word is used often and represents one of the grandest concepts in Christianity.

'Grace' means literally 'God's unmerited favor toward humanity.'  Another definition is the unconditional love of God. God loves us unconditionally, and it is because of that kind of love (grace) that we find full forgiveness, faith, and all of the many benefits of being believers.

The New Testament says, "For it is by grace ye are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God..."

Prayer: "O Lord, we are awed by the unconditional love you send our way.  We do not deserve it, but you have granted to us 'unmerited favor' and called us your children through Christ, in spite of our sins. Our thanks rises up within us, and we are most humbled. Thank you for loving us.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen."

Song:  Amazing Grace is one my favorite hymns of all time.  It speaks so clearly of this concept described above. But another song describes how so many people feel about the hymn Amazing Grace and the concept of 'grace.'. It is 'the sweetest song I know.'

You have heard me speak often of famed bass vocalist J.D. Sumner. For 30 years he held the title as the world's lowest bass, and listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. Not long before he died, his group recorded a wonderful song entitled, 'Amazing Grace is the Sweetest Song I Know.'  It features J.D. with some very low notes.  As a bonus, contemporary artist Michael English makes a guest appearance on the video to sing one of the verses with the quartet. English now sings with the Gaither Vocal Band.

This is a very special video/recording, and it is 'The Sweetest Song I Know' by J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet.

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