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This song is about how God's pardoning grace is the most wondrous, the most amazing thing that He has shown us about Himself. The reason the author says that grace is "strange" (in verse 2) is that God's grace is unexpected; you could even say that it defies logic. Why would the infinite, boundless, all-knowing, all-powerful, thrice holy God show mercy to His creatures who have spurned His Word and rebelled against His loving rule? Even if he wanted to pardon us, how could He do so and still maintain justice so that the guilty are rightfully punished? The answer is the "atrocious mathematics" of the gospel: He sent His Son, the eternal Word, Jesus, to pay the penalty we deserve - the wrath of God - on the cross and freely offer that payment to all who will embrace Him as Lord. Why would God pardon sinners like us? The answer is simply this - according to the kind intention of His will, not based on anything about us, He chose to love us. May this truth cause us to stand before Him in awe and wonder!


             (Show Original Wordings)
Great God of wonders! all Your ways
Display the attributes divine;
But countless acts of pard'ning grace,
Beyond Your other wonders shine.
Why would you pardon one like me?
Or give me grace, so rich and free?

God of grace so rich and free!
I'm in awe and I'm in wonder
That you would save me.
God of grace completely free.
Your grace has shown me clearly
That You love me! God of grace.

Oh may this strange, this wondrous grace,
This matchless miracle of love,
Fill the wide earth with grateful praise
And all the heav'nly choirs above.
Why would you pardon one like me?
Or give me grace, so rich and free?

By Samuel Davies (1723-61) & Paul Burr
© 2009 ADPJ Music, admin by Thousand Tongues


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oh I really like this one... may have to do it during congregational worship soon.
» Jason D. on December 23rd, 2010

Paul, really like the song. Praise God for music and such incredible things to sing about. I really appreciate all the lead sheets and demos available here - I look forward to learning it.
» Tom S. on December 24th, 2010
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