Sunday, December 23, 2012

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

"I 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."

"He 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."

The words to this hymn are so powerful. It is such a true testimony of our Savior and Redeemer. 
I was able to accompany three beautiful women who sang this song. We didn't have a lot of time, so I didn't make a whole lot of changes to the hymn. It is a very simple arrangement, but still powerful, I thought. Each woman sang a solo, which really felt like they were singing their own personal testimony, and they also sang together in parts which made the "testimony" even more powerful. I wish I had their beautiful voices singing the beautiful words on my recording. Maybe I'll be able to do that sometime soon. But, for now, I just layered a piano voice for the singers.
Since I've been working on this song so much lately it has become one of my favorite hymns. The words verify everything I feel and know when I think of my Savior. And I can't say it any better than it is written.

"He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing. 
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King."

"He 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."

"Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: 'I know that my Redeemer lives!'"

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