Gratitude

 

1 My words are so inadequate
To thus express my gratitude —
You gave me ears to hear Your voice,
And hearing it, I must rejoice!

Refrain
I’m safe in You, my Shepherd, King,
I’m kept secure, to me You cling.
Though all the world rise ‘gainst my stand,
No one can snatch me from Your hand.

2 My eyes You’ve opened, blind since birth
I look, I see! Behold Your worth!
And with my feet, that once were lame,
I’ve strength to follow Him who came.

3 When all accused, You bore my blame,
Upon the cross, You bore my shame.
For me, eternal life You gave —
For me, so needy, came to save.

4 The Father’s given me to You.
Greater than all, He holds me too!
I can’t be snatched from Father, Son
Nor perish, — Both, the two are one.

Author:  Judy Godshall, Bob Brenneman

Background: We had been reading John, and as we read each “case” – the impotent man being enabled to walk, (John 5:2-9) the opening of the blind man’s eyes, (John ch. 9), and also in Mark, the opening of the ears of the deaf man, (Mark 7:31-37), my feeling was – this is me! I am the one who was impotent, it was my ears that were deaf to the Lord, and my eyes that were blinded from seeing Him! When we came to ch. 10, especially each time we would read vs.28 – 30, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand”, I was so filled with gratitude that I could hardly contain myself!

As for the tune, this was something of the Lord. Debbie Mann had come across the hymn, “Complete In Thee” and so much appreciated the words. She wondered if there might be a different tune for it and found an updated tune on youtube. She liked it, and sent it to Bob Brenneman who listened to it. That very same night, I emailed him the words for “Gratitude”. When he sat down to work on a tune for it, the updated “Complete In Thee” tune that Debbie had sent him, kept going through his head. He then polished “Gratitude” to fit that tune, and used an extra verse to make a chorus.