Monday, April 19, 2010

LEADING AND FOLLOWING

Last night I was choosing next Sunday's songs for our church's contemporary service and realized we'll be celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday. One of the texts for that day is the 23rd Psalm - The Lord is My Shepherd. Our group has only one song that refers to being led by the Good Shepherd. I thought we could use another one, so I wrote new lyrics to an old tune. I wish I could compose music, but I can't, at least it's something I've not attempted. I'm better at writing lyrics - I think. What follows is a paraphrasing of the 23rd Psalm. This can be sung to the tune, "Be Thou My Vision":

YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD
(TUNE = BE THOU MY VISION)
YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD, OH LORD OF MY DAYS.
GUIDE, LOVE, PROTECT ME TODAY AND ALWAYS.
LEAD ME BY STILL WATERS, OH LORD OF MY SOUL.
CLEANSE AND RESTORE ME AND MAKE ME WHOLE.
I WILL FEAR NOTHING WITH YOU BY MY SIDE.
SAFETY AND COMFORT I KNOW YOU'LL PROVIDE,
WALKING THROUGH SHADOWS OR IN MIDST OF FOES.
WHEN YOU ANNOINT ME, MY CUP OVERFLOWS.
SURELY THE GOODNESS AND LOVE THAT YOU SHOW
WILL FOLLOW ME ALL OF MY DAYS, AND I KNOW
ALL OF MY WORRIES AND FEARS YOU WILL QUELL,
AND I FOREVER IN YOUR HOUSE WILL DWELL.

4 comments:

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

you are good..great words to live by....:)

Karen said...

Kady, I just love your new song. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL---
another talent you have 'hidden' from us comes to the top--thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Di

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Kady,
That is one of my most favorite hymn melodies of all time! I might have to borrow your lyrics for my small country church choir to sing sometime! Absolutely comforting! (P.S. my next favorite all time hymn is "Be Still My Soul!")