Perhaps the Best Contemporary Worship Song Ever Written

Unfathomable Grace

In a day and age when most traditional churches exclusively sang psalms, Isaac Watts (1647-1748) became a fervent contemporary writer of hymns. As the story goes, when as a young man he complained to his father about the monotonous way Christians sung in worship, his father, a leading deacon in the congregation, retorted, “Well then young man, why don’t you give us something better?” Thus, a lion was uncaged. While Watts maintained a great love and dedication for the sacred text, church tradition, order and excellence, he was internally driven to assist the traditional church in singing newer songs of worship. HIs passion was to explicitly address the person, work, passion, beauty, sufficiency and loving care of Jesus Christ in his own modern language and style. Ultimately, by the time of his death in 1748, Watts had become the most prolific writer of contemporary hymns (more than 750). Due to his faithful and zealous efforts, this…

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