The King of Love

“The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow,
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love He sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.”

I probably sang these words by Henry Baker fifty times this summer. Dan Forrest’s beautiful arrangement was usually the second number in our Musical Mission Team program (buy the track here or buy the score here). It has been one of my favorite songs ever since I first heard it a few years ago, so I was excited when I found out that we would be singing it on team. My excitement turned to anxiety when I realized that I might sing the song so many times that I would grow tired of it.
Fortunately, the growing tired part did not happen. I loved the song, even after I sang it  fifty or so times, and even though only two of those times were in English. I loved it in German, Italian, and even Slovak (fortunately, I had the English words memorized). It is a beautiful setting of an uplifting text, so I could enjoy both the music and the words.
It is so nice to be reminded that my Shepherd loves me and takes care of me. He provides for my needs, and rescues me from my sin. I really don’t need anything more than what He gives me, even though I may think otherwise. He is preparing a place for me, and I will spend eternity with Him. In the meantime, His goodness will never fail.
There are very few pieces of music that consistently bring peace to my soul, but this one always does. Even for the tenth day in a row. Even in Slovak.
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