This Sunday we will be singing the hymn, Grace Greater Than Our Sin. The text was written by Julia Johnston (1849-1919) and the music by Daniel Towner (1850-1919). Johnston wrote over 500 hymn texts and Towner was, for many years, the director of the music department at Moody Bible Institute. Grace Greater Than Our Sin was introduced in 1911 in a compilation by Towner, Hymns Tried and True. (Source: Osbeck, Kenneth W., Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1990. Print.)
Listen to Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!