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Because He Lives

About the Song

Church Music Submission: Anthem/Hymn arrangement division–Award of Distinction 2000

This song is part of the “In Him We Live” cantata.

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Lyrics

Because He lives;
Because He rose in mighty triumph from the grave
I put my trust in Him, and seek to follow Him in faith
Because He lives

Because He lives,
I shall find strength To stand against the tempter’s power
He is my refuge and defense in every troubled hour
Because He lives

Chorus:
Because He lives,
I can bear whatever burden may be mine
I am encircled in the arms of love divine because He lives
Because He lives,
He will banish every shadow of my pain
Every sorrow will be swallowed up in Him
For in His hand is healing for the weary soul
This I know because He lives

Because He lives
My heart is filled with peace amid a world of fear
And through the blindness of the night,
In Him I rest secure
Because He lives

Because He lives
There is no task so great that I cannot endure
I bear no heartache that His tender mercy cannot cure
Because He lives

(Repeat chorus)

Because He lives I will fear no darkness
Because He lives I will walk in light
Because He lives I will praise His kindness
Because He lives hope shines ever bright
Because He lives I will seek His righteousness
Because He lives I’ll follow where He leads
Because He lives I shall conquer even death
And I shall live because He lives!

Because He lives
I will rejoice in Christ and glorify His name
And with the willing voice of gratitude proclaim:
My Savior lives!

Because He lives
He will banish every shadow of my pain
Every sorrow will be swallowed up in Him
For in His hand is healing for the weary soul
This I know, because He lives

12 Comments

  1. Lee

    I haven’t written to you for perhaps fifteen years. Today I awoke singing you music so I thought it was time to say hi again. Your beautiful music strengthens my testimony and my determination to live worthy of my Savior’s sacrifice for me. This Easter I sang in my ward choir, “Because He Lives”. I even managed to get through it singing most of the words, without causing my directory to lose it too. It took supreme concentration, though. I love how enduring your music and lyrics are.

    These years I get to sing, which, if I have a talent in music, is mine, not directing, as I have done in musically challenged wards. Fortunately there are many in my ward with real talent and training to lead. Still, I count it a personal blessing when they turn to your site as I so often did.

    Well, I know you’re busy, but I had to say thank you for your ministry. I pray the Lord be as generous with you as you are with those who love Him.

    Lee Middleton
    Sherwood Ward
    Tualatin Stake, Oregon

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  2. Becky

    Thank you so much, Sally DeFord, for your generosity in sharing your beautiful compositions with churches free of charge. I am the choir director for a small parish, and we do not have a budget for acquiring new music. Thank you for helping to keep my personal costs down, and for providing our choir with deeply inspiring pieces. We plan to sing Because He Lives the third Sunday of Easter this year. It brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

    From the readings for that day: Jesus addresses Peter: “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.” Acts, chapter 13.

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  3. bjs

    Your music is LOVED and listened to and felt. In this troubled world it brings hope and peace when one can listen to inspired words and music.
    Gratitude and appreciation with many thanks for the unselfish sharing of your talent and time without asking for compensation… may blessings of prosperity and peace be yours. Merry Christmas
    bjs

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  4. Lolo

    I am doing this song in Choir!

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  5. Rose Argumedo

    Dear Sally,
    This morning I heard Becouse He lives on a Duet at my Church, it is beautiful, using your music, when I went to Thanks them for the beautiful they sang,and the great talent God has giving them, I ask when they they get the music and there where they mentioned our name, I never thought that could be a great musition that could share their music, when I got home I went to the computer and start looking for the beautiful song and Thanks God, for you, what a great talent he has giving you, and your big heart, your generosity, your heart full of humbleness, I know the more you give the more you recieve. I love music so much, I like to sing and I like to play, butit is heard sometimes to find the music, but THNAK YOU FOR BEING SO OPEN TO the hold world.
    I wish I could live close from you so, I could take some classes and become a great musition for Parise God, and be a great pianist or organist at church with your music nad sing also.
    May God continue giving you strenght, health, and more wisdom with talent in your music. May Our Great God always BLESS YOU.
    Rose Argumedo

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    • Rose Argumedo

      Sally,
      What a great talented woman, humble to open to the hold world, MAy God Bless you. I wisj I could you close f rom you, to learn more, and play, sing for the Lord. May God continue giving you wisdom in your carrier, health and strenght to keep helping others.
      God Bless you always

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  6. James

    I am so grateful for your talent. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. It is very humbling to share a song with so such great meaning. He does Live. Thank you for this wonderful song.

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  7. Candace

    Dear Sister DeFord, You are an awesome example of Christianity. Your music is so beautiful but your heart even moreso, for sharing your music and encouraging others to do so. I’m a local ward member (not a professional) who happens to have a decent, untrained voice and you have quite literally ‘afforded’ me the opportunity to share your beautiful music with many worship service congregations over the years from Georgia to Alaska. I could seldom afford to buy sheet music but due to your generosity that was never a problem. Thank you for your beautiful work and your wonderful heart!

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  8. Fredd

    Thank you for providing free music like these.. May God Prosper you more!!

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  9. Abraham Kou

    Hi: I am a Chinese American Christian with CCIC (Chinese Christian In Christ) in Cupertino, CA. I came across this hymn some time ago, touched and loved it so much that I wish to try to provide a Chinese translation version for our church choir to sing during worship (non-commercial use). May I win your favor of approval? I hope there is no copy right issue. I also have put these into music sheet form (just like the Finnish and Spanish translation verisons). If you deem necessary, I can e mail to you for your review as well. Please let me know your response at your convenience.

    Thanks you so very much. Abraham

    Below is my attempt:

    1)因衪活著, 墳墓已空衪勝了死亡的權勢,
    2)因衪活著, 懼怕時祂使我的心中得安寜,

    1)我信靠衪全心用我的生命去跟隨, 因衪活著.
    2)在茫茫黑夜裏讓我依靠祂能穩妥, 因衪活著.

    1)因衪活著, 衪賜我力量能勝過罪惡誘惑,
    2)因衪活著, 任何挑戰臨到時我都能承擔,

    1)在狂風大浪時候衪是我的避難所, 因衪活著, 因衪活著.
    2)我所有傷痛祂以恩典憐憫來醫治, 因衪活著, 因衪活著.
    因衪活著, 我在任何風浪中都能穩妥, 衪用大愛的膀臂隨時來扶助,
    因衪活著, 因衪活著 ,
    因衪活著, 衪必除去所有痛楚的陰影,
    所有憂慮衪能使我得釋放, 衪愛手撫摸使我心靈得安慰 , 我知道, 因衪活著 .
    因衪活著, 我能面對眀天,
    因衪活著, 我在光中行,
    因衪活著, 我要讚美主愛,
    因衪活著, 我満有盼望, 因衪活著, 我誠心求祂的義,
    因衪活著, 我跟隨主引領. 因衪活著,我甚致勝過死亡.
    面對明天因衪活著, 因衪活著, 在主內我要高歌讚美衪的名,
    萬分的感恩要衷心向衪訴傾 , 因衪活著,
    因衪活著, 衪必除去所有痛楚的陰影, 所有憂傷衪能使我得釋放,
    衪愛手撫摸使我心靈得安慰, 我知道, 我知道, 因衪活著. 因衪活著.

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  10. Dora Gay Anderson

    I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for all the wonderful music you have created for us to us to enhance my spiritual life and that of my choir members and those who are members of our congregation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Alamosa CO 4th ward. We have used a number of your beautiful arrangements and enjoyed them so much. The last one we performed was “Because He Lives”. What a wonderful experience this was. Thank you for all your time, energy, talent, love of the Savior, and all free to us.
    Thanks again!!

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    • Sally DeFord

      How kind you are! And you’re very welcome.

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