Pondering Ephesians 1: 4-8

This Week’s Passage: 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

The phrase that captures my attention in this passage is “to the praise of His glorious grace.” As I was pondering this week I was reminded of a song I wrote some years back when I was also thinking about these verses. Here are the words to the song:

Glorious Grace

Praise be to the God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ
He chose us in Him to be holy.
We are His sons.
We are His loved ones.
And it’s all to the praise of His glorious grace.

According to the riches of His grace
We’ve been redeemed.
And His perfect will
Is no more a mystery.
Christ is our head
Through Him we’re fed.
And it’s all to the praise of His glorious grace.

(Refrain)
Glorious grace, God’s glorious grace!
We’re wrapped up in the arms of the Father’s embrace.
Glorious grace, God’s glorious grace!
We sing out our praise to His glorious grace.

We were marked in Jesus
On the day that we believed.
We received His Spirit
Who is now our guarantee.
Now we all are heirs
Of wealth beyond compare.
And it’s all to the praise of His glorious grace.

(Refrain)

And now at the extreme risk of embarrassing myself, here is an a cappella recording fresh out of the Garage Band Studio to give you an idea of how the melody goes in my head.

Glorious Grace

I admit I’m a wannabe. Sometimes putting Scripture to a melody helps it to sink in to my hard head/hard heart. The main thing that this week’s passage reminded me of is that God did everything that He did for me for the “praise of His glorious grace.” It’s not about me. It’s about Him!

I’m just sayin’!

Next Week’s Passage: Ephesians 1:9-12

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One thought on “Pondering Ephesians 1: 4-8

  1. Kim Stewart on said:

    You are brave. I can promise you I would never record myself singing! I enjoyed your song and praising the Lord and now it is ringing in my head too! I unfortunately got hung up on the predestination, as usual and got too confused! Thanks for sharing!

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