Hymn-sing Sunday: Vessel

I noticed the woman sitting in the front pew next to the choir director when I went to sit down.  An apple-dumpling of a woman, no longer young, with frazzled auburn hair that lay thickly to the middle of her back, white t-shirt that accentuated all the wrong rolls, and ill-fitting, too-tight black jeans.

Of course, she was the soloist for the special music at church this morning, which was a contralto solo of My Shepherd Will Supply My Needs arranged in a lovely way by Thompson.

Of course her voice was full, rich, a beautiful operatic head voice (vibrato maybe just a touch too wide, but that is just my taste).  And it was wonderful to listen to her interpret such a lovely song, one of my favority hymns (yeah, ok, I say that about EVERY hymn, back off), such a gentle, longing, lullaby-ish sort of hymn.

Moral: Never judge a book by its cover or a singer by her jeans and t-shirt.


My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
His presence is my stay;
One word of His supporting grace
Drives all my fears away.
His hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
His oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 15:05:06

    Beautiful words…do i know this to a familiar tune? I don’t recognize the words, and I know more hymns than most people our age do.


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