In Ephesians 1:3-8, the Apostle Paul summarizes “the gospel” as “the grace of God.” Grace is the central theme of God’s story of redemption, for it encapsulates what happened in that great transaction. In defiance of what we really deserve – to be punished as outcasts to God – He continually shows us acceptance, love, and patience, taking initiative to rescue and woo us even while we continue to sin. What is even more amazing about this kind of grace is that it cost Him dearly. In order to preserve His holy justice, He gave the only thing valuable enough to satisfy the sentence we deserve – His greatest treasure … His Son. Jesus came on a mission to become an outcast and the punished one in the place of any who would acknowledge Him as their only hope. Jesus is the embodiment of the grace of God. This song is a prayer that God would continue to teach us about His grace – that it precedes and follows our conversion, it sustains us, it is unbreakable, it cleanses us, and renews us. In the song we remember what our life would be like without the grace of God – we would remain strangers to God, stuck in guilt and shame with no hope for reprieve. But thanks be to God that His grace is freely available to all who will flee from their sin, despise their own attempts at righteousness, and trust wholly in Jesus’ gracious payment for their rescue. O that we would become radically gripped by the grace of God each day!