This week, I chose “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” LSB #461. It was definitely weird, and felt pretty wrong, to be singing an Easter hymn during Lent. I figure it’s okay, though.
I couldn’t find the correct version on YouTube, so no clip today. The Lutheran Service Book has the text by Samuel Medley and the tune by John Hatton. Maybe someone else will be luckier than I and find a video of it.
This is such a happy and beautiful and joyful hymn, and I loved singing it every day. Every verse begins with “He lives…” (after the first one, which begins “I that my Redeemer lives!”), and it’s beautiful to sing that over and over throughout this eight verse hymn.
Our Redeemer is living, exalted in Heaven and taking care of us. He is silencing our fears and wiping away our tears. He is feeding our hungry souls. He is comforting and calming us when troubled. He is preparing our mansions and waiting to safely carry us home. He is blessing us and guiding us always.
I think my favorite part is in verse seven: “He lives and grants me daily breath.” That is so incredible to think about. We take so many breaths in a day. Every hour we’re breathing countless times, and we don’t even think about it. Each breath is granted by our risen Redeemer. How cool is that? It’s like how he knows the number of hairs on our heads. He knows, and controls, everything in our lives. And that is a very comforting thing.
Many of you will probably wait till Easter to sing this one. I’m excited to sing it at Easter even if my toddler turns the pages on me. This is definitely going to be a great hymn to have on hand always.
Image taken from “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” GodTube.