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Faith’s Review and Expectation

May 6, 2010

“And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto?  And yet this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; for Thou hast also spoken of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.”1 Chronicles 17:16, 17 

“Faith’s Review and Expectation” is a hymn that is more commonly known today as “Amazing Grace.” Penned by John Newton (1725-1807), this hymn first appeared in Olney Hymns published in 1779. 1 Chronicles 17:16-17 was the inspirational text that prompted Mr. Newton’s hymn. 

The version below was Hymn 41 on pages 58-59 from a copy of Olney Hymns Complete, published by T. Nelson and Sons, London, Edinburgh, and New York in 1856. 

John Newton, a former slave ship captain, was saved by God’s grace and became a pastor, first receiving the curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1764, and then accepting the position of Rector at St. Mary Woolnoth in London in 1779. 

also known as “Amazing Grace”

C.M. (New Britain) 

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound!)
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!

Through 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.

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