Expository Songs from II Corinthians 12

II Corinthians 12:9-10

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:

Expository Songs

Helpless (II Corinthians 12:9-10) (2010)
Popularized by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

All unseen the Master walketh (II Corinthians 12:9)
Thomas MacKeilar
Lyrics | Sheet Music

His Grace is Sufficient For Me (II Corinthians 12:9)
Mosie Lister | Popularized by Booth Brothers
Lyrics | YouTube

His Grace is Sufficient For Me (II Corinthians 12:9)
Popularized by The Perrys
YouTube | Amazon

His Strength is Perfect (II Corinthians 12:9) (1988)
Steven Curtis Chapman, Jerry Salley | Popularized by Steven Curtis Chapman
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Jehovah Jireh (II Corinthians 12:9) (1974)
Merla Watson

Kind Are The Words that Jesus Speaks (II Corinthians 12:9)
John Needham
Lyrics | Sheet Music

My Grace Is Sufficient For Thee (Oppressed With Unbelief and Sin) (II Corinthians 12:9) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)

Willing To Be Weak (II Corinthians 12:9) (2002)
Popularized by Charles Billingsley
YouTube | Amazon

Your Grace is Sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9) (1991)
Martin Nystrom | Popularized by Integrity Music
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Let Me but Hear My Savior Say (II Corinthians 12:10) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Go, labor on; spend and be spent (II Corinthians 12:15)
Horatius Bonar
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

Before the silver cord be loosed (II Corinthians 12:4)

Every Promise (II Corinthians 12:9) (2005)
Keith Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

God’s Grace is Sufficient For Me (II Corinthians 12:9)
Rodney Griffin | Popularized by Greater Vision
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

God’s Grace is Sufficient For Me (II Corinthians 12:9)
Popularized by HisSong

How Firm a Foundation (II Corinthians 12:9)
Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, Traditional American Melody
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Jesus Is Mighty To Save (II Corinthians 12:9)
C. U.
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Answer (II Corinthians 12:9) (2017)
Popularized by Jeremy Camp
YouTube | Amazon

I Am Strong (II Corinthians 12:10)
Dianne Wilkinson | Popularized by James Blackwood Quartet

O My Soul (II Corinthians 12:10) (1999)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon