So many of us know the words to that song. However, I wonder if you know the history behind those words.
They were written by John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by God's amazing grace. At the age of 11, he accompanied his father who was a commander of a merchant ship out to sea. Thus began Johns sea life. By 1748, John was the captain of his own slave ship.
On May 10th, 1748 on a homeward voyage, John was attempting to steer his ship through a violent storm when he experienced what he would later call his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he cried out “Lord, have mercy upon us.”
Later in his cabin, John believed that God's grace had saved him. He became a changed man that day. For a while, he continued in the slave trade but treated his slaves humanely thereafter. Eventually John would left the seas to become a preacher. In 1779, he published the song we now know as Amazing Grace:
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Regardless of your past, God Can Find a way. Nothing you do, past or present, will surprise our God. We all sin everyday. No matter how hard we try, we fail. On the other hand, God made you and He loves you. He values you just the way you are. Call out to Him and let Him begin to change you from the inside out.