…the parched land shall become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water…(Isaiah 35:7)

O Sweet the Joy this Sentence Gives…

By Eric Chaffey


…I know that my redeemer lives. It’s always been a favorite hymn of mind and last night or early this morning as I reflected on the text it seemed an answer to prayer.

I periodically have difficulty sleeping. Last night was such a night and after tossing and turning for many hours, in desperation I turned on my i-pod to see if that could lull me into sleep. It did work. I only wish I had done it hours sooner. The strains of the hymn, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” awakened me about 45 minutes after I turned it on. By that time the dawn was lighting the sky.

Although I was really tired, I reflected on this hymn and how grateful I was for the message. Particularly the second and third verse which speak of Christ as our comforter, friend, Prophet, Priest and King. How grateful I am to the savior for his never ending love and mercy. Life hands us challenges that can sometimes seem overwhelming. But our beloved Savior and Redeemer is there indeed to bless and comfort in time of need. Sometimes I falter in following him. But even with faltering and feeble steps it’s better than the alternative.

As I mentioned previously, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” has always been one of my favorite hymns. When I was first in the Mormon Youth Chorus a number of years ago we were given the assignment to memorize it in preparation for General Conference. At first the task seemed daunting. With just a few exceptions every phrase starts with the words, “He Lives.” I came to realize later in life that internalizing that message is the key to remembering.

This particular hymn holds a special place in my heart as it is associate with some very sacred spiritual experiences. I wrote a hymn prelude based on “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” a few years ago. I dedicated in memory of a good friend of mine who passed away. In writing this hymn prelude for organ I felt compelled to set all four verses. I am feeling compelled at this moment to share this music and hope that you will enjoy the attached sound file.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

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5 Responses to “O Sweet the Joy this Sentence Gives…”

  1. Rex Goode said:

    Eric, another wonderful and inspiring post! And the music, O, the music!

  2. Eric said:

    Thanks Rex. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. barb Goode said:

    I loved your words of inspiration!. You have a beautiful and articulate way of expressing your great faith and desire to put trust in a merciful and loving Savior. I also believe that He has the power to heal, and lift us. And lift us again and again and again… because each one of us stumbles and have the feeble knees at times.
    Thank you, gifted and amazing soul that you must be, Eric, to share such words that lift us all! iI thought that the music was an amazing arrangement too! barb Goode

  4. Eric said:

    Thanks Barb, it’s great to hear from you! I hope that you are doing well. Thanks again!

  5. Imperfect01 said:

    Great passage. That is also one of my foverite hymns. I am also grateful for him. and don’t beat yourself up when you stumble at following his steps. Just realize it and get back on track. God bless!1

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