Beyond Measure

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One of the things that continues to grip me about my Christian faith is that I am a Christian at all. God's patience toward me continues to leave me awed and amazed at his love. I see the same thing in Paul's testimony in 1 Timothy 1. Even after many years of faithful service to Jesus and a deep understanding of the richness of the gospel, Paul still calls himself a sinner, even the chief of sinners! But in the light of the cross he sees more than his own sinfulness; he also sees God's great mercy: "Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life" (1 Tim 1:16). Using the language of abundance from v 14, this song is a tribute to God's grace to sinners – among whom each of us can say, "I am the foremost of all."


Verse 1:
Even though I have betrayed You,
Living for the things I crave,
You have given up Your Son to
Resurrect me from the grave.
One with Jesus who is risen!
One with Jesus who is Lord!
In defiance of my treason,
Grace and love He has outpoured.

Verse 2:
Why, O Lord, would you forgive me,
Giving Christ what I deserve,
But to manifest Your mercy
And to demonstrate Your love?
To be righteous and a sinner,
To be vile and yet Your son-
You have blessed me beyond measure-
My affections You have won.

Verse 3:
So I’ll sing of my Redeemer
Who has bought me by His grace
And I’ll praise Him now, and ever
When I see Him face to face.
He is worthy of my praises,
He is worthy of my love,
He has showered me with kindness
Rained upon me from above.

You have blessed me beyond measure-
My affections You have won.
You are now my greatest treasure-
Help me live to please Your Son.

By R.W. Glenn & David L. Ward
© 2008, admin by Thousand Tongues


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