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Moving on to another verse of Amazing Grace, this sermon focuses on the ideas of protection and provision that we see in the phrase “He will my Shield and Portion be.” As we live under the banner of God’s grace, he provides for us both protection and provision. Shield and portion. Safety from defeat at the hands of the enemy, and strength to move forward in each of life’s battles. Those these are found often in the Psalms, many of which are written by David. If we connect David’s time as a warrior with those concepts in the Psalms, we see that this verse of Amazing Grace is a reminder that we are still fighting spiritual battles today.
In this series, Grace is Still Amazing, we will be unpacking the verses of the old hymn, Amazing Grace, one at a time and studying the Scriptural ideas that led John Newton to pen that classic song. The verses of Amazing Grace have a lot to teach us about who God is, who we are, and what kind of lives we are called to live. The words of the song may be so familiar to us that we tend to “sing through” them without giving them much thought or allowing them to penetrate our minds, hearts and souls with the truth they carry. Listen in with us as we discover that, almost 200 years after the lyrics were written, God’s grace is indeed still amazing!