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My Grateful Spirit Sings

About the Song

Some songs have amazing back-stories. This isn’t one of them.

I was in the garage, sitting in the family car, engaging and releasing the brakes intermittently while my husband did something or other to them. I was glad to have the easy part of the job, but it was rather boring. My response to boredom is usually to daydream about what to write next, but this time I was coming up blank. So I asked Dennis what I should write about, and without hesitation his answer was, “A song about gratitude.”

And so… this song happened. And that’s the whole story.

Sometimes the Lord sends me inspiration through human wisdom, and that human is very often my husband.

More than a decade after that prosaic and un-memorable event, I decided to rework the accompaniment and the rhythms a bit, so there are now two versions available. The violin obbligato will work only with the newer one, and is included at the end of each score as an extracted part.

Church Music Submission: Song division–Award of Distinction 2006 (Solo)

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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

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Recording featuring vocals by Julene Judd:

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Lyrics

In all thy works I see thy glory
In mighty wonders; in small and simple things
My heart rejoices in the bounty set before me
And my grateful spirit sings

Each rising sun tells of thy goodness
The rain proclaims thee in the life it brings
All creation bears the sure and silent witness
And my grateful spirit sings

The stars that crown the realms of space
Reflect the image of thy grace
The rolling seas, the earth and sky
Declare thy pow’r, thy majesty and might

I see thy hand in man’s compassion
Thou art the font of kindness whence it springs
Thy boundless charity hath wrought my soul’s salvation
And my grateful spirit sings

For changeless love and endless mercy
For countless blessings beyond the wealth of kings
For every perfect gift thou sendest, Lord, I praise thee
And my grateful spirit sings

3 Comments

  1. Tia

    I got to sing this song as a special music solo for Sabbath services and it was a great joy to perform! Beautiful piece!

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  2. Donna Harris

    My choir loves singing this song. It is a small choir of about 10 and they voice their happiness with this song. We all love your facility with melody. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  3. rowena

    thank you so much..very useful in church services. God bless you with many blessings and please continue your ministry.

    Reply

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