Welcome to Songs for Sunday. Every Sunday morning, I’ll post something about a song or songs that pertain to other recent posts, or refer to “light” in some way. Consider it a great way to start your morning before you head out to church to meet with other believers. If it blesses you, please share it with others!

At the end of my “So, What is Glory?” Post, I shared the exchange between Moses and God from Exodus 33 and 34. Moses asked to see God’s glory, and God told him that he couldn’t see His face, but that God would put Moses in the cleft of a rock and cover him with is hand.  Then when God passed by, He would remove His hand and let Moses see Him from the back.

Today, I have two songs that refer back to that scripture.

The first is “Show Me Your Glory”, recorded by Third Day, and released in 2001 on their Grammy winning “Come Together” album. The song was written by Mark D. Lee, Samuel Tai Anderson, Bradley B.C. Avery, David Carr, Johnny Mac Powell, and Marc Byrd.

The song is a beautiful representation of not only Moses’ desire, but what should be ours as well.

I caught a glimpse of Your splendor
In the corner of my eye
The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen
And it was like a flash of lightning
Reflected off the sky
And I know I’ll never be the same

Show me Your Glory
Send down Your presence
I want to see Your face
Show me Your Glory
Majesty shines about You
I can’t go on without You, Lord

When I climb down the mountain
And get back to my life
I won’t settle for ordinary things
I’m gonna follow You forever
And for all of my days
I won’t rest ’til I see You again

Show me Your Glory
Send down Your presence
I want to see Your face
Show me Your Glory
Majesty shines about You
I can’t go on without You, Lord

(Lyrics from MetroLyrics.com

The second song can be found in many hymnals.  Published in 1890, the lyrics were written by Fanny Crosby, and the music by William J. Kirkpatrick. Fanny Crosby, blinded as an infant, wrote the lyrics to over 8000 hymns, as well as some secular songs. Kirkpatrick was a composer and music publisher. He is credited with composing nearly 200 songs, as well as publishing 50 song collections. There may be more collaborations between them, but I only found one other song, called “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It”.

As for “He Hideth My Soul, I have not found any additional information about it. However, the source for the chorus lyrics obviously comes from Exodus 33. I am always fascinated at how many of Fanny’s lyrics mention sight.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

  • Refrain:
    He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
    That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
    He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
    And covers me there with His hand,
    And covers me there with His hand

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.

When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high. (Lyrics from Timeless Truths.com)

 

Here is a youtube video of Guy Penrod singing “He Hideth My Soul”

See you in church!
Connie

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