MWCC

Mt Wellington Community Church

Newton

I know that hymns are not popular these days but so many of them are written from experiences that people had. John Newton for instance and the well-known hymn Amazing Grace. He was a slave trader and during a storm out at sea when he was at the helm, he had time to think. His life seemed to be in ruins. He was known for his coarseness and profanity which apparently shocked other sailors. It was during this time that John Newton turned to God in his despair. Later he wrote in his diary these words:

"Not well able to write; but I endeavour to observe the return of this day with humiliation, prayer, and praise."

Only God's amazing grace could and would take a rude, profane, slave-trading sailor and transform him into a man of God. Newton never ceased to stand in awe of God's work in his life.

And then there are the Psalms. So many of Psalms have a back story of the authors. From their struggles, to their triumphs and their worship of an amazing God. We can use them as part as our worship and praise for who He is and what He has done. They give us an insight into his greatness and his faithfulness.

So, no matter what our circumstances there is a Psalm that will help us share our heart with God.

Ruth