Marvelous Grace of our Loving Lord

Assurance_hashtagIn worship today, we’ll focus on the greatness of God and the salvation He gives us through Jesus Christ.  Our pastor will continue in his sermon series Assurance: the Genuine Article, and share with us a message titled “Genuine Conversion.”

One of the songs we’ll sing today to help us focus on the gospel is the hymn, “Grace Greater than Our Sin.”

The hymn was written in 1910 by Julia Harriette Johnston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister.  She was a school teacher and loved children, and she also was a champion of Sunday School, using her gifts as a writer to produce a number of books – devotional, biography, and missionary – for use in Sunday School.  One book, written in 1923 and still published today, is titled 50 Missionary Heroes Every Boy and Girl Should Know.

Johnston was an author of over 500 hymn texts, yet the hymn we sing today is the only one that remains in use.  Originally known by its first line, Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, the hymn was made popular by Daniel Towner, head of the music department at Moody Bible Institute and associated with D.L. Moody and his evangelistic work.  Thus, the hymn tune is titled MOODY.

The hymn emphasizes the grace of God, “freely bestowed on all who believe”, and celebrates the assurance of knowing, regardless of our sinful despair, we are forgiven.

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.


Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.


Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.


Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?



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One response to “Marvelous Grace of our Loving Lord

  1. Sam Spradling

    Great message in song this morning. good to be back in choir. Thank you
    for all you do.

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