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Amazing Grace (It Reached as far as me)

I wrote this song a few years ago for a sermon series I preached (about finding Christ in the Old Testament). The first verse and chorus are not original, but I cannot locate their author.


The tune is that of Londonderry Air, an Irish air (folk tune) that most people know as the tune for '"Danny Boy".




Amazing Grace, it Reached as Far as Me

Amazing grace will always be my song of praise

For it was grace that bought my liberty.

I do not know just why He came to love me so.

He looked beyond my Faults and saw my needs.

I will forever lift my eyes to Calvary,

To see the cross where Jesus died for me.

How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul

He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.

When time was young, and glory filled the garden,

The man and wife refused their perfect place.

Yet in Your wrath, your mercy spoke a promise,

And clothed their sins in garments of your grace.

And I like them, have tasted fruit forbidden

And raised my fist against my Lord above.

Oh strip away the rags of my rebellion,

And clothe me with Thy Holy robe of love.

You gave a day, a day of your atonement

When the High Priest would slay the sacrifice.

And all the sins were taken from your presence

You dwelt with men, by blood the only price.

Guilty I come, and tremble in Your presence

Yet see my guilt placed on a substitute!

I stand and praise my God and my redeemer

He sits and hears the worship He is due.

And on the Rock, you placed Your very presence

When streams of life flowed from the stricken stone

You bore Yourself the price of their rebellion

Their thirst to slake, their sin-guilt to atone.

Thirsty I come, to You the living water

And find a spring, abundant, clear and free

You quench my thirst with rivers of salvation

You save my soul with fountains of mercy

Then one dark day, the symbols found fulfillment

As all our sin was placed upon Your head

The Rock was struck, and blood came forth to cleanse us

Instead of death, Your tree brought life instead!

I will forever lift my eyes to Calvary,

to see the cross where Jesus died for me.

How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul:

You looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.

For three dark days, the Seed in earth was buried

But breaking forth, that Seed gave birth to life

The firstfruit of that mighty, kingdom harvest

Which heals all hurts, and takes away all strife

I shall arise with Christ my risen Sovereign

And reign with Him through all eternity

What wondrous love, that makes our Judge our Father

Amazing grace, it reached as far as me

Amazing grace, it reached as far as me!



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