Rejoice in God’s gift of hymnody, recorded at Concordia University in Seward, NE during the 2015 Higher Things youth conferences.
1 By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not.
Why stagger at this word of promise?
Has Scripture ever falsehood taught?
No! Then this word must true remain:
By grace you too will life obtain.
2 By grace! None dare lay claim to merit;
Our works and conduct have no worth.
God in His love sent our Redeemer,
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;
His death did for our sins atone,
And we are saved by grace alone.
3 By grace God’s Son, our only Savior,
Came down to earth to bear our sin.
Was it because of your own merit
That Jesus died your soul to win?
No, it was grace, and grace alone,
That brought Him from His heav’nly throne.
4 By grace! This ground of faith is certain;
As long as God is true, it stands.
What saints have penned by inspiration,
What in His Word our God commands,
Our faith in what our God has done
Depends on grace—grace through His Son.
5 By grace to timid hearts that tremble,
In tribulation’s furnace tried,
By grace, in spite of fear and trouble,
The Father’s heart is open wide.
Where could I help and strength secure
If grace were not my anchor sure?
6 By grace! On this I’ll rest when dying;
In Jesus’ promise I rejoice;
For though I know my heart’s condition,
I also know my Savior’s voice.
My heart is glad, all grief has flown
Since I am saved by grace alone.
Title: By Grace I’m Saved (Lutheran Service Book #566)
Author: Christian Ludwig Scheidt, 1709-61
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 3:4-7; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23-24
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Tr.), alt.
Tune Name: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE (DRETZEL)
Composer: Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel, 1697-1775
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