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The Painter’s Hand

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV
About the Song
Words and music by Sally DeFord and Valarie Olson It’s always fascinating to watch videos that show the progress of a painting from beginning to end. There are places along the way that make the non-visual-artist in me want to ask, “Are you sure?” Invariably, the artist knows better than I do. We humans pass through those ungainly stages as well, and sometimes it makes us want to ask the Master Painter, “Are you sure?” Though He knows what the finished painting will be, we do not. Every touch of color, even the dullest, has a purpose; each brushstroke contributes to the masterpiece. In time, with patience and faith, we begin to see what the Painter sees in each of us. Working on this song with my dear friend Valarie was a joy and a delight. We finished just before she moved off to adventures in another state, and I’m so glad we managed it. One note: the lyrics include the word “provenance.” Don’t confuse it with “providence.” We chose the word on purpose.
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Lyrics

The Painter’s hand is firm and never falters
As He shapes the living portrait of my soul
There is wisdom in each line He smooths and alters
Where I see unfinished canvas, there the Painter sees the whole

Chorus:
He knows the strength that grows in shadow
When I’m reaching for the light
He sees the majesty and glory beyond my mortal sight
And though I may not understand
The artistry of heaven’s plan
I will trust the Painter’s hand unceasingly
He will make a masterpiece of me

The Painter’s hand is gentle as He renders
Every stroke of living color patiently
In shades of darkest night or brightest splendor
He reveals His grand design, and shows me what I’m meant to be

(Repeat chorus) And when I come before Him, kneeling at His feet
I marvel at His love for one so small and incomplete
Then His spirit whispers peace to me
Restores my soul and teaches me
The wonder of my provenance and worth

(Repeat chorus)

12 Comments

  1. Sharon

    Thank you…..so inspiring!

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  2. Franzes Ann Baterna

    Thank so much for sharing such a great song Ms. Sally and Heather! First time I heard this song, it really catches my attention and I felt so inclined to memorize the song. It doesn’t tire me listening to this song every night. It’s really uplifting my soul and giving me hope and a reminder as well that God has great plans for us. He will make a masterpiece of us all! Praise the Lord and more blessings to you!

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  3. Marlene McMullin

    When I found this song “The Painters Hand” on your email, I felt very strongly to learn this one with my voice teacher. I finally got the courage to sing it in the LDS sacrament meeting that I attend. I had many people come to me after to expess how much the music touched their hearts. I am singing it again in a recital tonight. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  4. Bianca Hilario

    This song is for my mom is coming back from The Philippines. I will be singing “The Painter’s Hand” by Sally DeFord at JFK Arrivals Ceremony and Oxford High School Live Concert.

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    • Bianca Hilario

      This is the great recording of Heather Prusse’s rendition. I will be performing the song with Richie Jerome on The Piano and Brian Woodson on The Cello for this Sally DeFord song on November 21 during Oxford High School Live Concert.

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      • Bianca Hilario

        Great Arrangement! This recording shows Heather Prusse sings this song for my mom is arriving from The Philippines. I have to practice the song for Oxford High School Live Concert!

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  5. Lynette

    I was so touched by the lyrics of this song I listened to it over and over and just let it wash over me and in me as the Spirit ministered to my heart. I just felt loved and understood by God….or perhaps it was me understanding HIM! That it is HE that paints the “masterpiece of me” when I am feeling discouraged or feeling like I’m not measuring up. He truly does use all things for good, including our successes as well as our failures. What an encouragement to know that the “strength that grows in shadow” from each happening, thought, experience, joy, and sorrow help him paint the “masterpiece of me.”

    I looked up the definition of Provenance and was delighted to add a new word to my vocabulary! I had not heard that word before and it is the perfect word. I appreciated the note, as I thought I heard the lyric as “providence.”

    Our family lost the matriarch of the family, our beloved Granmommie, last December 2013. This was our first Easter without her so it was a difficult day, yet a comforting one, knowing she is in the presence of Jesus! Our sadness quickly turned to shock and sorrow to hear the news that our 13-yr-old grand niece had been hit by a car Easter evening while crossing the street in a crosswalk, riding her bicycle with two of her siblings. The trauma to her brain was severe and she was declared dead two days later. The family’s faith has been shaken and the young woman who hit her knows the Lord and her faith has been shaken as well. The lyrics of your song just resounded in my heart…”He knows the strength that grows in shadow” and “In shades of darkest night or brightest splendor He reveals His grand design, and shows me what I’m meant to be” Those lines really spoke to my heart. I’ll be sharing the FB post or YouTube with family to encourage them.

    Thanks so much for the download of lyrics and music. This song meant so much to me that I want someone to sing it at my Memorial Service when the time comes. I am a writer and an artist who is growing in her craft. As part of VineArts, the arts ministry of the Boise Vineyard, I’ve been able to exhibit in the themed exhibits that coincide with the quarterly expository sermon series. I’ve been excited to see a piece “morph” when the Holy Spirit creates “through” me, instead of striving to create. So the song spoke to me on a practical level as well as a spiritual level. I always like to hear when someone’s heart has been touched by something I’ve written or a piece of art I’ve created….so that is why I am writing to you. In many ways your song tells the story of my life!

    Bless both of you and I hope you co-create many more songs!
    Sincerely in Christ,
    Lynette Sali

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  6. chat anacaya

    I love all your music and i love to have them on my music collection.The lyrics are so spiritually uplifting and above all the accompaniment are so heavenly that no souls can’t think of heaven.

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  7. Jane L. Hildebrand

    The beauty of your music transends this mortal sphere, making me think you are really an angel composer temporarily left behind with us mortals to soothe our souls with the love of heaven. Thank you, talented one!

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    • Sally DeFord

      Oh wow… how amazingly kind you are! **blushes**

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  8. Connie Garner

    Oh my goodness! Words cannot express how much this song speaks to me! You have no idea how much I needed this today, this is an answer to prayer! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us!

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    • Sally DeFord

      Thank you Connie! It’s always wonderful to hear comments like yours!

      Reply

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