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Based on Genesis 15:1, 18:14 and Psalm 18, this is a song of hope and trust in the Lord’s protection, which can be used for communion or offertory. The Lord is our rock, our fortress, our shield, our protection. And there is nothing I need fear with Him by my side.

Download the music sheet and MP3 after the jump.

Download Links:
PDF of the music piece – for four voices (SATB).
MuseScore file used to construct the music piece – for SATB.
MP3 audio file taken from the video.

Scriptural Basis:
This song is based on Gen 15:1, Gen 18:14 and Psalm 18.

Gen 15:1 (NAB): Some time after these events, this word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great.”

Gen 18:14a (NAB): Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do?

Usage Notes:
You could use this song for offertory or communion, when psalm 18 is the psalm used in the liturgy, or whenever the theme of the readings is about the Lord’s protection and deliverance.

There are several options for singing this song. In terms of flow, the easiest option is to sing it through straight from verse 1 to 4.

If you need the song to be longer, an alternative is to use verse 1 as an antiphon and return to it after each of the other verses– thus the sequence would be verse 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 4, 1.

The intro/interlude can be used in between the verses as I’ve done it on the video. Although, you could simply do away with it if time is an issue.

If you’re singing the 4-voice SATB arrangement, bring in the voicing after the first verse sung in unison so that the congregation has a chance to hear the entire melody.

Story Behind the Song:
Composed late in 2010, this one was an exercise in writing to a strict meter. I got the melody of the first verse down on music paper and found the words as well. And decided to write the rest of the song to the same notes as the first — in the same way a lot of the older hymns were written. It’s always more difficult to make something fit to a fixed structure, but it’s also an exercise in creativity.

Strangely enough, I came to love Psalm 18 because of a song by Hillsong church entitled “Made Me Glad.” Though I don’t agree with their doctrine, their music has blessed many including myself. And I wanted to write a song using that same psalm and turn it into something that could be used for Mass.

Prayer-ware Intention:
Feel free to use this music for all non-commercial purposes. I ask for no payments or donations. I do however ask that you pray for an intention for each song you use. For this song, please pray for: all the holy souls in purgatory— that they may enter heaven soon and finally see the Lord face to face.

Final Word:
If this music is a blessing to you, feel free to spread the word. Join me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MassMusicByLionel) so you get the latest music pieces and videos — much earlier than on this blog. (Because it’s much easier to post a link on Facebook than it is to sit down and write a complete blog entry!)

God bless your music ministries. May you be used to spread the love and joy of Jesus our Lord through the music He’s blessed you with.

Sacred Hour II. Painting by Christophe Vacher.

Sacred Hour II. Painting by Christophe Vacher.