I Then Shall Live

I’m looking forward to this coming Sunday. I always look forward to assembling with our church to worship our great Savior. One of the songs that will be featured this weekend is “I Then Shall Live”. It will be presented by a men’s ensemble along with our Celebration Choir and Orchestra.

What possibly excites me most about this song is the representation of men that will be singing it on Father’s Day and declaring its truth. If I could express to you what it would mean to experience this truth in my own life, and in the lives of those around me, it would be life changing for all of us.

The lyrics were penned by Gloria Gaither several years ago to the tune FINLANDIA, which has served as the musical setting of several hymns. Probably one of the most well-known is “Be Still My Soul”. It also serves as the tune to a Finnish national hymn.

I would like to post the lyrics to this song below. Let’s reflect on its truth and prepare our hearts to worship this Lord’s day with love, joy, and compassion for a world in need.

I Then Shall Live
Words by Gloria Gaither
Music by Jean Sibelius, “FINLANDIA”

I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother,
The law of love I gladly will obey.

I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationship demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.

Your kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me;
Your Hallowed name, O may I bear with honor,
And may You living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Text © 1981 Gaither Music Company.
Music © Breitkopf & Hartel (Outside U.S.only). All rights reserved.

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