Be With Me, Lord

When I was a kid going to Mid-South Youth Camp outside of FHU we always finished the very last evening devotional by singing this hymn. The memory of those evenings touches me even now.

It is a moving thing when songs come together in a perfectly married state, when the words and music complete each other, when neither dominants the other. It creates a kind of synergism between words and notes, where the sum is greater than the parts. I wonder if this is why God chose to include music in our worship to Him. Well written hymns have the potential to reach into the deepest recesses of our souls and move us in ways nothing else can.

My favorite verse of my favorite hymn is the third one:

Be with me, Lord!
No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow
could with this one compare–
A constant sense
of Thy abiding presence,
where e’er I am,
to feel that Thou art near.

#song, #worship