The other day I found myself lost in my thoughts and prayed for peace and stillness. As I gazed out at a vast view and finally quieted my mind – this hymn, that I haven’t heard in many, many years, suddenly popped into my head and I sang the chorus out loud.
Lord, You have searched my heart,
and You know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm. [Refrain]
You know my heart and its ways,
You who formed me before I was born,
In the secret of darkness before I saw
the sun in my mother’s womb. [Refrain]
Marvelous to me are Your works;
how profound are Your thoughts, my Lord.
Even if I could count them, they number as the stars,
You would still be there. [Refrain]
I looked up the lyrics because I could only recall the refrain and most of the second verse. I discovered (oh the wonders of the internet!) that the composer of this Catholic hymn is Dan Schutte. He also wrote one of my all time favorite hymns, “Here I Am, Lord,” also known as “I, the lord of sea and sky”. How cool!
This song has been the soundtrack of my week. I hope it brings you peace and stillness too.