Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751 (verses 1, 2, 4, & 6)
Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778 (verses 3 & 5)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8 & 9

"Jesus died for all mankind" -- every race and nation -- and yet, He "died for me". And now the benefits of that death, a personal salvation and restored fellowship with Almighty God, are available to all who respond in faith and appropriate that truth. With the author of this hymn we cry out with heartfelt gratitude, "Saved by grace alone! This is all my plea."

Grace is the gift of God freely given to those who never deserved it. No merit or goodness precedes the forgiving love of God. Not only does God's grace related to our eternal redemption, but it is a divine provision for our every daily need -- spiritual, material, emotional, and physical.

"Grace! 'Tis a Charming Sound" is the work of two well-known 18th Century English ministers, Philip Doddridge and Augustus Toplady. Doddridge was known as a man of great ability and learning, authoring almost 400 hymns. Toplady was known for his strong convictions and is today best remembered for his hymns such as this and "Rock of Ages".

Grace, ’tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to mine ear;
Heaven with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.

Grace first contrived the way
To save rebellious man;
And all the steps that grace display
Which drew the wondrous plan.

Grace first inscribed my name
In God’s eternal book;
’Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb,
Who all my sorrows took.

Grace led my roving feet
To tread the heavenly road;
And new supplies each hour I meet,
While pressing on to God.

Grace taught my soul to pray
And made mine eyes o’erflow;
’Twas grace which kept me to this day,
And will not let me go.

Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days;
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,
And well deserves the praise.

O let Thy grace inspire
My soul with strength divine
My all my powers to Thee aspire,
And all my days be Thine.

*For Today*: Acts 15:11; II Corinthians 5:21; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 4:16; I Peter 5:10

Go forth joyfully with this musical testimony!

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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