1. Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin; How shall my tongue describe it, Where shall its praise begin? Taking away my burden, Setting my spirit free, For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. 2. Wonderful grace of Jesus, Reaching to all the lost, By it I have been pardoned, Saved to the uttermost; Chains have been torn asunder, Giving me liberty; For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. 3. Wonderful grace of Jesus, Reaching the most defiled, By its transforming power, Making him God's dear child, Purchasing peace and heaven, For all eternity; For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. Chorus: Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, All sufficient grace for even me; Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame; O magnify the precious Name of Jesus, Praise His Name!
Lyrics: Haldor Lillenas
Music: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: WONDERFUL GRACE
Meter: Irregular meter
Words and Music by Haldor Lillenas, 1885–1959
“Wonderful Grace of Jesus” was written and composed by Haldor Lillenas in 1918. Born in Norway, Mr. Lillenas came to the United States as a child. He married Bertha Mae Wilson, also a songwriter, and together they traveled extensively, furnishing songs for many of the leading song leaders in the country, including Charles Alexander. Mr. Alexander found this hymn, among the approximately 4000 that Lillenas wrote, to be particularly useful as a mass choir selection in the great crusades in the early years of the 20th century.