“I am saved by grace. Love abounding, mercy found me. I am saved by grace and I have life and it’s only by Your grace.”  Beautiful words from a 2009 Israel Houghton worship song. We sang it last week in our worship service at Fairview, and I’ve been singing it each day since. It’s got a catching tune and it’s fun to play and sing – really fun. But I stopped this morning and repeated the words, just the words, to myself. It has a powerful message. Allow me to break it down for you with some definitions from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Saved – delivered from sin; rescued from danger or harm; preserved or guarded from injury, destruction or loss.

Grace – unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; approval or favor.

Love – unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another as the fatherly concern of God for humankind.

Abounding – to be present in great quantity.

Mercy – compassion or forbearance shown especially to one subject to one’s power; lenient or compassionate treatment.

Found – came upon by searching or effort; a serious attempt.

Life – spiritual existence transcending physical death.

Only – without others or anything further; alone; solely; exclusively

    So, let’s rewrite the song. “I am delivered from sin, rescued from harm and guarded from destruction by the unmerited assistance given by God and therefore I find approval and favor with Him. God’s unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for my good is present in great quantity. God’s compassion and forbearance seriously searched for me, which results in His lenient, compassionate treatment of me. I am delivered from sin, rescued from harm and guarded from destruction by the unmerited assistance given by God; and, therefore, I find approval and favor with Him and I have spiritual existence transcending physical death; and it’s solely and exclusively by God’s unmerited assistance.

Obviously not as catchy and certainly it will NOT fit the tune, but it does broaden my understanding of the meaning of the words. And I, for one, am so thankful for the grace, love and mercy of God that reached out to me when I deserved it the least and gave to me the abundant life.

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