Behind the Music ~ The Beauty of Your Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

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A new song, a free gift, a sweet reminder… God’s grace.

God’s grace is simply too much for us to comprehend. First of all, God saved us by His grace through faith in Him. He sent Jesus to die for our us, our failures, our wrongs…our sin. It overwhelms me when I think about it. This perfect, holy Jesus came to earth to live a human life and sacrifice Himself for us, for me. This beautiful sacrifice not only covers up my sin and shame but it puts the blame on Himself, Jesus.

Grace – unmerited favor, unearned, perhaps something we haven’t even asked for.

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2

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God has given me so much grace, grace when He saved me, grace when I mess up, grace in the smallest of things and in amazingly big ways.

This song has been swirling around in my heart and head for quite a while. My best friend, Jamie and I held a women’s retreat last Fall called “Broken and Poured Out” and during the planning stages I was continually reminded of God’s grace. We come to Jesus broken and in His grace He mends us, equips us, and pours us out to be used for His Glory. I started jotting lyrics and ideas down during this time last Summer (June 2019), I sang some melodies and lyrics into my phone in October 2019 and then once in a while would write something else down. Over the course of the next several months heartaches and hardships occurred, the most difficult being our soon to be granddaughter leaving this earth for heaven. But I was reminded of God’s grace and how beautiful it is. Through every difficulty He is there, His peace, love and grace washing over me, reminding me I am His, that He has me, and that I can rest in Him.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

I sat down to write this song on July 13, 2020 and simply started playing and singing – words flowing from somewhere inside me and it became almost a prayer. A prayer some or all of us have prayed or will pray.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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The Word tells us that we can draw near to the throne of grace and He will help us in our time of need. How beautiful is that? And it is continual.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” Titus 2:11

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

The Beauty of Your Grace

Verse 1
Here I am again
Wondering how this ends
I need a friend
I’m on my knees, asking You
Please, oh please
Seeking Your face
A touch of Your grace

PreChorus
God I know You can, help me
I Need Your hand
Reach down for me
Reach down for me, (oh please)

Chorus 1
The beauty of Your grace is
Even when I fail it covers my shame
And takes all the blame
The beauty of Your grace is
Even when I’m wrong it’s never too long
To see I belong to You

Verse 2
You understand I’m broken
My heart’s words unspoken
Jesus, You see me
I’m on my knees, begging You
Please, oh please
Humbly I plead
Pour out Your peace (on me)

Chorus 2
The beauty of Your grace is
You choose me as Your own, I’m never alone
Or too far gone
The beauty of Your grace is
It restores, redeems and chases my soul
Secures all my hope

(Tag) Verse 3
Draw me near to Your throne, (where I’m)
Justified by grace alone

© Christy Hoagland | ASCAP Sing for the King Publishing

A very crude recording from my phone (for now).

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