Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor


Grace Defined and Illustrated


Though God is the essence of Grace, we find the word grace used only once in the Old Testament.  In Psalm 45, which is said to be a wedding psalm for the director of music.  We read: “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…You are most excellent of men, and your lips have been anointed with grace.”

So what is the writer really saying?  What did He mean by your lips have been anointed with grace?  This is just my thought, but the ability to speak and verbalize our thoughts is a gift from God. I taught children with special needs a few years, and though some were severely mentally deficient, I did not teach one who couldn’t speak.  I was a speech therapist, and during twenty years I helped many children to develop better speech; so I realize the importance of developing acceptable speech and language skills.

But there are individuals who are deaf and mute; during Jesus’ earthly ministry He healed some with those inabilities.  And during my advanced age, my hearing is impaired, but still I’m blessed to hear, and if I could not verbalize my thoughts, perhaps I would explode!

Some people remind me that at age ninety-nine, I am truly blessed.  But no one needs to remind me: because I realize that I am truly experiencing God’s grace!  Perhaps many of us do not think about it, but when a baby is born and the doctor induces the first cry, that cry is a signal that she is alive; so we can praise God for the gift of speech and our ability to produce it.


Father, so many of Your blessings we take for granted.  I wonder how often we thank You for the ability to hear, think, and voice our thoughts.  You are a gracious heavenly Father, and we thank You for loving us and for the greatest gift of all, Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.


Doris Lisemby