Oct 30, 2011

Shepherd Me, O God

One of my favorite hymns is "Shepherd Me, O God" by Marty Haugen. It's not just about grieving, although it is appropriate for a funeral. The phrase "from death into life" has implications for the living as well. How do we get out of the thoughts, actions, habits, and mindsets that bring death to our spiritual condition? We need help. We need direction. We need a shepherd.

Humility is what allows us to ask for help. Here are Marty Haugen's lyrics. Below is a youtube link to an awesome vocal. Enjoy.

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"Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life."

"God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want,
I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace.

Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul,
you lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth,
my spirit shall sing the music of your name."

"Though I should wander the valley of death,
I fear no evil, for you are at my side, your rod and
your staff, my comfort and my hope."

"You have set me a banquet of love, in the face of hatred,
crowning me with love beyond my pow'r to hold."

"Surely your kindness and mercy follow me all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God forever-more."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQqJF-2ijhg&feature=related

link to video

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life. Amen!

From what do you need shepherding today?

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