Grace! 'tis a charming sound

Grace! 'tis a charming sound,
  Harmonious to the ear;
Heav'n with the echo shall resound,
  And all the earth shall hear.
  All sufficient grace!
  Never powerless!
It is Christ who lives in me,
    In His exhaustlessness.
'Twas grace that wrote my name
  In life's eternal book;
'Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb,
  Who all my sorrows took.
Grace taught my wandering feet
  To tread the pilgrim road;
And new supplies each hour I meet
  While pressing on to God.
Grace taught my heart to pray,
  And made my eyes o'erflow;
'Tis grace which kept me to this day,
  And will not let me go.
Grace all the work shall crown
  Through everlasting days;
It lays in love the topmost stone,
  And well deserves the praise.
Oh, let that grace inspire
  My heart with strength divine;
May all my powers to Thee aspire,
  And all my days be Thine.

I love my Father. God is my best Father!

Tunde Omikunle

Lagos, Nigeria

What a refreshing and reassuring theme of GRACE.

Edgar Hovhannisyan

Yerevan, Armenia

Grace! Charming sound!

Grace CasselmanJohnston

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

What a wonderful reminder of where our Salvation comes from! Thanks to my father on earth for sending me, on my birthday, this beautiful song of my Father in heaven!!

Dorcas T. Adesanya

London, England, United Kingdom

Thank You Jesus for Your Grace that taught me to pray. Thank You Jesus for taking away my sorrows. Praise the Lord oh my soul!!! Thanks for uploading this song and God bless you all. Shalom!

Ekeke Nnamdi

Berlin, Germany

An unforgetable song sang often by the pioneer choir of Anglican chapel of redemption EBSU. So inspiring!

David Durodola

Lagos, Nigeria

Grace and grace only. this song made me remember my late father and friend those days when we used to have family alter singing from the Christ Apostolic Church Hymn book. may your soul rest in peace my father and friend, we shall see at the bosom of the most high where we shall part no more. I love and miss you so much Daddy. this song you always sing with us when things was going rough, your lessons still abide with me and I live in them day and night.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Philip Doddridge was a gifted student, but he turned down a scholarship to train for ministry in the Church of England. He chose instead to side with the Dissenters, the Nonconformists who emphasized personal commitment to Christ over institutional loyalty. He went to a Dissenter college, and later he pastored a Congregational church. He wrote about 370 hymns, never seeing any of them published in his lifetime. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Additional 2nd stanza by Doddridge:

Grace first contrived the way

To save rebellious man;

And all the steps that grace display

Which drew the wondrous plan.


Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

This song just came up to my mind this morning as I got to the office. My heart was filled with some burden and I just needed to listen to an hymn that will help me. Thank You Jesus for this Great grace it has seen me through till now. May God bless the writer of this hymn. The song is as soothing as Grace itself.

Olayemi Adedoja

Abuja, Nigeria

I've search for this song but I could not find but thank God Almighty that I've finally found it.

From hymn #248 in the Chinese hymnal

(a literal translation; cf. Hymns, #312)

1. Grace arises, replacing sin,

To reign in my spirit,

Saving me from the power of sin

And my corrupted nature.

Grace is sufficient for me!

I'll never feel powerless!

Christ lives in my spirit

For me to receive grace upon grace.

2. Grace enables my feet

To tread the heavenly pathway;

His grace—timely and rich—

Has never failed me.

3. What can be greater than grace!

He is God coming to men,

He is God manifested in the flesh,

He is God in me.

I am what I am,

It is by the grace of God!

God's grace is manifested in me

To be the eternal portion to me, a God-man.

In Colossians 3:16 Paul exhorted the believers in Colossae to sing with grace in their hearts when the word of Christ dwelt in them richly in all wisdom by their teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We are short in our experience of Christ because we do not sing that much with grace in our hearts. We do not have much experience of teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Mostly we sing only when we come together. We need to sing in our daily life. Perhaps a wife could sing to her husband, "All sufficient grace!/Never powerless!/It is Christ who lives in me,/In His exhaustlessness" (Hymns, #312). Then the husband can sing another chorus. If a husband says to his wife, "Dear, you should not give your long face to me so many times every day" the wife may say, "Then you should not come back home so late every day!" Instead of speaking in this corrupt way, the husbands and wives should sing and minister grace to each other.

We live by grace. The grace for the believers' living is spoken of in Romans 1:7 and in the beginning of all of Paul's other Epistles except Hebrews. In our Christian living, our daily life, we need the grace. Everyone has a problem with his temper. No one can overcome his temper except by grace. Who can be humble? We are always proud. We can be humble only by grace. The Lord said, "My grace is sufficient for you" (2 Cor. 12:9). "All sufficient grace!/Never powerless!" (Hymns, #312).

When circumstances arise to cause us to react, we have to tell ourselves to be quiet, be slow, and wait. We should not say anything or express any kind of attitude for a short time. Then the grace of God will be applied to us, and we will spontaneously become humble. Who can control his loose speaking? Some people speak quickly all the time. It is impossible to control our tongue without grace. Proverbs speaks repeatedly about the taming of the tongue. If we can control our tongue, we can reduce ninety percent of our sinfulness. The tongue can never be controlled by us in our own strength. We need the grace of God for overcoming in all the details of our daily living.

This hymn concerning grace contains expressions that cannot be found in ordinary Christian books. What is grace? Grace is actually God Himself. Then what is God? God is the New Jerusalem. However, whether it is grace or God or the New Jerusalem, actually they are just one.


Since we are speaking concerning God's righteousness, why do we refer to a hymn on God's grace? My intention, my burden, is to show you that the entire Bible speaks of only one thing—grace, which is God, who is the New Jerusalem. Grace is the manifestation of the Triune God in His embodiment in three aspects—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Regardless of what subject the Bible touches, it is concerned with the Triune God in His embodiment in three aspects—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit—being manifested as grace consummating in the New Jerusalem. This is the highest and central revelation shown to us in the entire New Testament. Hence, we cannot touch the righteousness of God without touching grace. God's righteousness and God's grace are not two different things. Romans 5:17 refers to both the abundance of grace and the abundance of righteousness. Righteousness always accompanies grace and is its result.