Lord, you are fairer than anything this world has seen. You are Ruler of all!. Our souls long for you for you are as necessary as food and water; make yourself the desire of our hearts.
Psalm 27:4 & Psalm 42
Although the origins of the text of "Fairest Lord Jesus" are unknown, everyone seems to agree that it was original a German tune from the 17th century. The hymn-tune "Crusaders' Hymn" or "SAINT ELIZABETH." The origins of this tune are also a bit convoluted - it dates back to the 12th century crusades - but composer Franz Liszt used it as the march of the crusaders in his oratorio "The Legend of Saint Elizabeth in 1862 and so thus the hymn names were born.
"As The Deer" was both written and composed by Marty Nystrom a contemporary composer, worship leader, music director and presenter.
I'm not sure what stage of quarantine grief I'm on at this point but I feel like I've ridden all the emotions from "thankful for this pause and time with my family" to "I need to get out of this house and get a break from my family" to "the world is coming to an end" and "I trust that the Lord has this..." and everything in-between. And trust me, there are lots of things in-between.
I miss hugging my friends when I see them down the sidewalk on one of my many necessary "Sanity walks."
So when I was thinking about hymns for tonight I knew I needed something peaceful, because that's what MY heart needs to hear tonight. And what is more peaceful than meditating on the beauty of the Lord? How fair and good He is. And the pastoral image of a deer silently lapping water from a stream makes me feel like I'm on some grand adventure in a National park which is quite frankly where I'd like to be right now.
I hope that this tune brings your heart peace and calm and stillness tonight. That's what this whole project is about, afterall.
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Bethany is a freelance violinist/fiddler and tour manager who works with artists & events such as Kelly Minter, Cultivate: A Gathering Around The Word and Laura Story. She and her husband Keith live in Nashville, TN with their daughter Clare, cat & 6 backyard chickens. For more info on Bethany, visit her bio page!!