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One of the most precious songs to the Reformed Praise writers, this hymn, based on Psalm 130, was penned by Martin Luther himself. Luther was a Monk in the Roman church who diligently sought peace with God through his holy life. As he studied the Bible, he became confronted with the doctrine of justification and imputed righteousness and understood and accepted the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, apart from the works of the Law.


             (Show Original Wordings)
Out of the depths I cry to You,
Lord, hear my voice of pleading;
Bend down Your gracious ear, I pray,
Your humble servant heeding.
If You remember each misdeed,
And of each thought and word take heed,
Who can remain before You?
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Your pardon is a gift of love,
Your grace alone must save us,
Our works will not remove our guilt,
The strictest life would fail us.
Let none in deeds or merits boast,
But let us own the Holy Ghost
for He alone can change us:
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our utmost need it soundeth.
Our kind and faithful Shepherd He,
Who will set all His people free
From all their sin and sorrow:
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Words by Martin Luther (1483-1546) and David Ward. Music by David L. Ward. Based on Psalm 130.
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I just found your site. Thanks for the worship helps. Luther's hymn By Grace Alone is wonderful. I look forward to visiting again soon. Thanks again!
» Mark Caulk on July 8th, 2006

I simply return over and over again to find refuge at the foot of the cross. Your music and lyrics help to transport me there. I am blessed to know you my friend and brother. Let the Lord dwell in you richly as He continues to work out His love through you!
» Devin Didier on July 13th, 2006

This song is beautiful. I can't stop singing it.
» Howard Sloan on August 15th, 2006

This is a gem. Considering how grace is the center of our faith, it is unbelievably hard to find songs on grace. Thanks.
» Jose Chan on September 14th, 2006

This song is beautiful...we are a new Reformed Church in Erie, CO and have used several of the songs from this web site...thank you for setting beautiful music to tunes that compliment this century but do not lose what Hymns are supposed to be!
» Sue Green on October 11th, 2006

What deep, rich, meaningful words that bring joy to my heart and comfort my soul. This has become my theme song. thank you.
» S.Poe on May 31st, 2007

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» Lord’s Day 1 « sola gratia on January 5th, 2008

Beautiful melody--singable and memorable, but more beautiful still the words which help us see Jesus' grace more personally applied and lead us to worship Him.
» Carol Lee on January 19th, 2008

This is a great song, great lyrics...glad there are some reformed songs out there just wish there was more who believed the truth about it!
» Elicia Lindros on July 24th, 2008

Love this one! Thanks for the free sheet music, too!
» Melissa M. on October 11th, 2008

I love this song....

And can't wait to hear more... :)
» Sherry C. on October 11th, 2008

This one has been added to our "must do" list! It has such a beautiful harmony with words that point us straight to the cross. Thank you so much for your ministry.
» Audrey on January 29th, 2009

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Yes!! great truths in great songs. Thanks for such wonderful uplifting!! At last we have contemporary music with meaningful, worshipful lyrics!!
» Ajit on March 15th, 2011

Thank You David for making such beautiful music.
» Jason on August 6th, 2011

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Thanks. Would like to hear more of the great truths contained in the old hymns. May the Lord bless your efforts to honor Him.
» Liz Trueworthy on September 24th, 2011

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I just found your site, and am enjoying the music thoroughly; thank you so much for sharing all of this!
» florence C on November 3rd, 2011

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Thank you for this beautiful song! The choir sang it at church on Reformation Sunday. We received compliments both on the music and the words. Thank you again for making it easily available!
» Karen I. on October 28th, 2013

This song is a favorite at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. You should hear it sung by children, simply beautiful. Our adult choir loved it and sang it as well. Thank you for this wonderful arrangement!
» Anne Stuhlman on April 17th, 2017
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