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Some songs that I write I have to go back to, over and over, trying different melodic ideas until something clicks. And then some songs just come, first try. Shelter was one of the latter types. It has been one of my favorites, one of those songs (maybe other songwriters have them too?) that makes me think there’s a chance I can write something worthwhile and beautiful.

I suppose that was partially the reason I made it the title track (got to put your best foot forward right? 🙂 ). Another partial reason was to evoke the idea of the hymns themselves being a source of shelter and strengthening.

Near the end of the recording process though, Bruce, the wonderful sound guy/producer who worked on the album with me commented that the whole album was one of comfort. I hadn’t thought of it in quite that way- but now it has struck me that I approach music from that direction quite a bit: what is beautiful, and what is of comfort, that is, of comfort in the face of difficulty, apathy, or mundanity.  Shelter, then, was a fitting title for an album of these types of songs.

The lyrics for Shelter have a fairly simple structure and theme. Their power comes from the mighty idea they are suggesting, and reminding us of: The great God who made everything is the place, the one, that we can take refuge in and in whom we need have no fear. In fact, he is not only a place to hide, but comes to our aid.

I need reminding of this. That we are not out here on our own, but indeed that “if God be for us, who can be against us?” And “your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” I hope this song is a reminder for you as well.

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The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm

A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no fears affright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

 

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