Category Archives: Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest – Amazing Grace

I’ve been doing a “Sabbath Rest” post off and on for over five years, and I don’t think I’ve ever highlighted the classic hymn, Amazing Grace. This week I thoroughly enjoyed a blog post by a sweet young friend we met years ago while on a SOWER project in South Texas. She titled the post “Grace like Manna” and it reminded me of how precious Grace is in our lives – and how we can’t store it up, but that it’s readily (and lovingly) available when we need it. Check out this young lady’s wisdom, as she grapples with parenting two littles and resting in God’s Grace every moment of every day!

There are lots of videos of Amazing Grace available, but truth be told I was having trouble finding one that included all the verses. So I encourage you to read all the verses before you take a listen.

Amazing Grace

John Newton – 1779

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Sabbath Rest – Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love

A hymn by one of my favorite modern hymn writers that’s been around for a couple of years, but one I just discovered! It’s a wonderful celebration of the Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love that is lavished on us!


Magnificent, marvelous,
Matchless love; too vast and astounding to tell
Forever existing in worlds above, now offered and given to all.
Oh, fountain of beauty eternal; the Father, the Spirit, the Son.
Sufficient and endlessly generous,
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

Creation is brimming with
Thankfulness, the mountains, exultant they stand;
The seasons rejoice in Your
Faithfulness, all life is sustained by Your hand.
You crown every meadow with color; You paint every shade in the sky;
Each day the dawn wakes as an encore of
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

What grace,
That You entered our brokenness; You came in the fullness of time
How far we had fallen from
Righteousness, but not from the mercies of Christ.
Your cross is our door to
Redemption; Your death is our fullness of life.
That day, how forgiveness flowed as a
Flood: magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

United in Your resurrection, You lift us to infinite heights
Could anything sever or take us from
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

Sabbath Rest – Rock of Ages

As we hiked with those dear friends last week and descended into the cleft in that giant boulder at Caesar’s Head, this song immediately came to mind.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee!

Cleft for ME!! Oh the wonder of it all!


Written by Augustus Toplady, in 1763
Artist -Chris Rice
Album -Peace Like A River: The Hymns Project
Video by Discipling1

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Sabbath Rest – I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
Psalm 130:1-2


Words and Music by Keith Getty, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, and Stuart Townend

Out of the depths I cry to You
In darkest places I will call
Incline Your ear to me anew
And hear my cry for mercy Lord

Were You to count my sinful ways
How could I come before Your throne
Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze
I stand redeemed by grace alone

I will wait for You, I will wait for You
On Your word I will rely
I will wait for You, surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied

So put Your hope in God alone
Take courage in His power to save
Completely and forever won
By Christ emerging from the grave

I will wait for You, I will wait for You
On Your word I will rely
I will wait for You, surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied

Now He has come to make a way
And God Himself has paid the price
That all who trust in Him today
Find healing in His sacrifice

I will wait for You, I will wait for You
On Your word I will rely
I will wait for You, surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied

I will wait for You, I will wait for You
Through the storm and through the night
I will wait for You, surely wait for You
For Your love is my delight

Sabbath Celebration – The Power of the Cross

HE IS RISEN!!! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!
The Day is almost done, but the words ring loud and clear! He has risen, just as HE said! Oh, the Power of the Cross!

The Power of the Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.


The Power of the Cross
Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Sung by Kristyn Getty
Video by Rachel Hamilton