Today’s song comes from a band that formed in Clearwater, Florida. Ten years after I Iived in Florida, the Almost began their music ministry in 2005. The most famous member of this band is Under Oath drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie. Aaron distinct voice is highlighted on their album Southern Weather. Amazing Because It Is is the most notable song from this collection.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved ([c]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; 9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself,] Ephesians 2:8-9.
Based upon the Bible’s teaching on grace, the lyrics of Amazing Because It Is points to the words of the apostle Paul in the passage above. While this song didn’t get the recognition like the soundtrack from the film Amazing Grace, Amazing Because It Is still moves me when I hear it today. I could have chosen other songs from the Almost, but Amazing is ideal to prepare you to worship the Lord on Sunday.
by Jay Mankus