The Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Last Sunday while my family was out of town I decided to stay up way too late to write and record a version of this hymn by Haldor Lillenas, 1918. I only had my laptop with me so I used the built in mic to record everything. I had my classical guitar, our upright piano and my children’s percussion toys, including my sons toy drum set. I had a blast as you can imagine. (I did go back today to record a bass part because I thought it needed some more low end.) We played it this past Sunday during worship and I was able to get some of the musicians to shout along with me for the refrain. I rewrote the refrain because I thought that verses were really striking and I wanted to keep that tone throughout the song.

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The Wonderful Grace of Jesus       (listen)       (chords)       

The wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it, where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free;
The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

The wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching a mighty host,
By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty;
The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

More patient than my fight, more faithful than my doubt,
Persistent though I run, O how his grace abounds!
Broader than my sin, deeper than my shame,
Stronger than my evil, O praise Jesus name!

The wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power, making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven, for all eternity;
The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

More patient than my fight, more faithful than my doubt,
Persistent though I run, O how his grace abounds!
Broader than my sin, deeper than my shame,
Stronger than my evil, O praise Jesus name!

The wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it, where shall its praise begin?

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12 thoughts on “The Wonderful Grace of Jesus

  1. Thank You from Portland! I have been introducing this song at our church over the past few weeks – it is beautiful take – the chorus that you added is great too…

    1. Hey Devin, that’s great. Let me know how it goes. I hadn’t thought of doing that with the congregation but if your community picks it up well I just might try it. Thanks. 😉

      1. I can speak for Devin to say it went great. 🙂 In fact, I’ve been loving this song every time he’s led it and I know others who feel the same way. I recently asked him for the music/lyrics and he pointed me to this website. Thanks for sharing your gift!!

    2. Devin, I googled this song after we have been singing it at church and was able to find this one with the same tune. I love it!

  2. Love this song, we sing at our in church in Holt MI and the re-worked words say it all, love the pace. Keep letting the Spirit flowing through you, thanks for sharing.

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