Having recently moved to a new area and gone through the "church shopping" process, I've had ample opportunity to observe some of the different styles of music in churches around my local area, from the staid to the ear-splitting.
All of which makes me appreciate even more the lovely melodies and harmonies and the thought-provoking and soul-stirring lyrics on the Indelible Grace CDs. The focus of Indelible Grace is on updating age-old hymns, many of which have fallen out of common use, for a modern audience.
Over at the 9Marks blog, Mike McKinley provided the lyrics for one of the hymns that Indelible Grace has recorded, one that, although written 112 years ago, seems particularly apropos to this time of economic uncertainty:
I do not ask to see the way My feet will have to tread; But only that my soul may feed Upon the living Bread. 'Tis better far that I should walk By faith close to His side; I may not know the way I go, But oh, I know my Guide.
Refrain His love can never fail, His love can never fail, My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail. My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail.
And if my feet would go astray, They cannot, for I know That Jesus guides my falt'ring steps, As joyfully I go. And tho' I may not see His face, My faith is strong and clear, That in each hour of sore distress My Savior will be near.
I will not fear, tho' darkness come Abroad o'er all the land, If I may only feel the touch Of His own loving hand. And tho' I tremble when I think How weak I am, and frail, My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail.