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not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very
good! . . . I dont think that I have ever given such high
ratings to so many songs before. But
the fact is that they are well deserved because the
music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they
really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, Thus saith the Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How Ive proved Him oer and oer!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood,
Just in simple faith to plunge me
Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just sin and self to cease,
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace.
Im so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend,
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.
Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton
Peacefully a deep cello accompanies a chorus of dark, resonate strings comforting us with the peace that can be found in trusting Him. Gently a flute shares the melody with a light piano intertwining and assuring us of the truth of Gods Word. . .He is our Friend and Provider.
The words to this moving praise hymn was written by Louisa Stead. Even as a teenager, she felt called to become a missionary. She went to America around age 21, and lived for a while in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attending a camp meeting in Urbana, Ohio, she felt the missionary calling even more strongly, but was unable to go to China as she wanted due to her frail health. In 1875 she married her beloved husband, Mr. Stead.
Louisa Stead and her husband were enjoying a relaxing day with their four-year-old daughter on a Long Island beach when they heard the cry of a desperate child. A boy was drowning. Louisas husband attempted to rescue the child, but was pulled under the water in the attempt. Both boy and Mr. Stead died as Louisa and her daughter watched.
Other than the Lord Himself, Louisa had no means of support. She along with her daughter fell into dire poverty as a result. One morning, when she had neither funds nor food for he day, she opened the front door and found that someone had left food and money on her doorsteps. It was that day that she wrote this hymn.
God rewarded Louisas faithful trust in Him. Around 1880, she went to South Africa, and served as a missionary there some 15 years. She remarried, to Robert Wodehouse of that country. She returned to America in 1895 to recover her health, but once again went into missions in Rhodesia in 1901. Her daughter Lily married D. A. Carson and became a missionary like her mother.
The music was written by William Kirkpatrick. Son of a school teacher and musician, Kirkpatrick grew up in a musical atmosphere. In 1854, he went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to study music and learn a trade. He spent over three years as a carpenter but was more interested in music than mechanics. So, he devoted all his leisure time to its study, hoping to become a violinist.
In 1855, William joined the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. From then on he devoted himself mostly to sacred music, giving his services to the choir and Sunday school. There were few church organs in that day so his violin and cello were in constant demand for choir rehearsals, singing societies, and church programs. During this period of his life William wrote a number of unpublished hymn tunes and anthems.
He studied vocal music under Professor T. Bishop, then a leading oratorio and ballad singer, and became a member of the Harmonia and Handel and Haydn Sacred Music Societies, where he heard the greatest singers of the day and became familiar with the principal choral works of the great composers. This lead to his first published composition, When the Spark of Life Is Waning, which appeared around 1858 in the Musical Pioneer in New York. He went on to publish about 50 hymn collections, many in collaboration with John Robson Sweney.
This beautiful hymn that he collaborated with Louisa Stead, Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, remains a timeless reminder and comfort to all believers who have experienced the wonderful truth: Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more.
Those who trust in Jesus rest in perfect peace. It was this restful mood that I desired to communicate when I resolved on an instrumental arrangement to this song. Somberly a deep cello accompanies a chorus of resonate strings introducing the soft melody played on a sweet flute. Soon, as the piano intertwines the melody, a flute and cello duet ensues creating nuances of peace for the soul that trusts in Him. As you listen to this song, think of the dire circumstances that lead to its unveiling and know that you too can trust in the Lord who will take care of your every need.
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, o sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old,
Hath stablished its fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton
A commanding, but delicate piano subtly declares the majesty of our King, Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend. . . .Robust strings fill air with praises leading the worshippers of God to declare His glories
This is an appropriate song title composed by Sir Robert Grant who was very familiar with kings. His father was a member of the British parliament and later became chairman of the East India Company. Grant followed in his fathers footsteps. When he was young he was elected to parliament and also became director of the East India Company. He was appointed governor of Bombay in1834 and was greatly loved during his service there. In face, a medical college in India was named in his honor.
Grant based this hymn on psalm 104 which is a psalm of praise. Notice the progression of the titles for God: Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend. We know god first as our Maker, our Creator. Then, even before our conversion, He is our Defender, our Keeper from harm. After we are saved we know Him as our Redeemer, our personal Savior from sin and its penalty. Finally, as we walk day, by day with our Lord, we commune with Him and enjoy His Fellowship, It is then that we know Him as our Friend.
In composing an arrangement for this song, it was my intention to accentuate the piano. This is because, as I was working our the chords to it, Vanessa was exceedingly moved by the piano playing. It has always been her advice that I focus on the piano in my arrangements, so I wanted to make certain that was the direction that I went in this case. I only added some light strings to fill out the piece. The piano is the main instrument, but God, our king, is the focal point. I pray that as you listend to this piece that you are impressed with His majesty.
know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my souls complaint.
lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, Ill sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
lives, all glory to His Name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!
Arrangement Copyright © 1999 Don Wigton
Savory lutes. . .a tantalizing harpsichord. . .accompany a melodious flute as intertwining strings declare the hope of Christianity. . .He lives, He lives who once was dead. . .He lives my ever living Head.
The words to this inspiring praise hymn were written by Samuel Medley. After a starting out as an apprentice, Medley joined the British Royal Navy, becoming a midshipman in 1755. He was wounded in battle off Port Lagos in 1759. It was during his recuperation that he heard a sermon by Isaac Watts. In his distress, he was converted to Christianity. Leaving the Royal Navy Medley studied for the ministry under Dr. Gifford in London. In 1767, he became pastor at the Baptist church in Watford, Herefordshire. Later in 1772, he began his ministry at Byron Street in Liverpool.
Medley wrote several hymn. He based the words to this one from the Book of Job, who lost his family, fortune and much of his health. In the midst of these terrible setbacks Job expresses his one and only hope: I know that my redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25) These words found their fulfillment in Jesus Christ and stand as and eternal testimony of the work of our loving, living Lord and Savior.
Medley often repeated words and phrases in his songs. In this instance the dynamic statement He lives. . .He lives. . .He lives is heard over-and-over again. Indeed, our God lives and every Easter morning we all can proclaim I know that my Redeemer lives.
This great hymn of the resurrection of Christ has always stood as an inspiration to me. The words shake me to my very soul. So, I was filled with a strong desire to write an instrumental arrangement that would do justice to this wonderful song of praise. I decided to go with a more Baroque style, using a delicate lute-type sound with a harpsichord. Over that various flutes and with a small string ensemble that were so common in the days of Bach praise God with their intertwining melodies. I pray that as you listen to the simplicity of this piece that you too will be inspired by the simple fact that Jesus lives.
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