And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
This passage has been treasured by all generations of Christians who have taken up the pen to write English-language church music. We see this passage, for example, reflected in Isaac Watts’ “Let Me But Hear My Savior Say”:
Let me but hear my Savior say, “Strength shall be equal to thy day,” Then I rejoice in deep distress, Leaning on all-sufficient grace.
I glory in infirmity, That Christ’s own power may rest on me: When I am weak, then am I strong, Grace is my shield, and Christ my song.
In more recent times, Steven Curtis Chapman and Jerry Salley’s great song “His Strength Is Perfect” put this passage in a CCM setting:
Mosie Lister penned the simple and powerful song “His Grace Is Sufficient” some sixty years ago. Many groups have recorded it through the years, including an introductory rendition by the Statesmen and this definitive rendition by the Booth Brothers: