Posts Tagged ‘Jesus I Love You’

As I Begin This Day. . .

February 27, 2012

As I begin this day, I attempt to express just how much I love the Lord.

 

This morning as I started my day with a time of prayer and meditation, I came across one of my poems:

 I Begin This Day

Walk with me, Lord, walk w                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walk with me, Lord, walk with me.

Walk with me, Lord, walk with me.

While I’m on this tedious journey,

I want Jesus to walk with me.

Traditional Black Gospel Song                         

                                                                                                                                                      

In the morning before I start on my journey,

As I greet and prepare to meet you each new day,

Once more you strengthen my soul and encourage me

And bolster my confidence all along the way.

Lord, teach me how to walk by faith and not by sight.

Each time I renew my mind, I prove you once more:

That you withhold no good thing from those who walk upright–

I have seen your faithfulness countless times before,

As you opened doors when there seemed to be no way.

Though transient life brings heights of joy, depths of sorrow,

The love I share today surpasses yesterday

But fades in light of my love for you tomorrow.

Led by the spirit and not by mere emotion,

I begin this day with pure-hearted devotion.

The epigraph or opening lyrics that precede the poem comes from a familiar gospel song “Walk With Me, Lord,” sung by Denny Denson and found on Michael Card’s “The Hidden Face of God” album.

As I re-read the poem my mind focused on these lines:

Though transient life brings heights of joy, depths of sorrow,

The love I share today surpasses yesterday

But fades in light of my love for you tomorrow.

The words brought to mind a song that I composed in 2003:

I Love You More Today Than Yesterday

I love you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

My love for your grows deeper every day

In sun and rain, in joy and in sorrow.

I love you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

I’ll serve you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

I’ll serve you, Lord, I’ll follow and obey,

Not just now but on that bright tomorrow.

I’ll serve you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

I’ll worship you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

I’ll worship you, I’ll honor and adore

And on that day I’ll worship you even more.

I’ll worship you more today than yesterday

But not as much as tomorrow.

As I recall, my song was a spontaneous overflow after visiting the Brooklyn Tabernacle in 2003.  I was working as an educational consultant in Newark, New Jersey for a few days, and figuring out how to get to the famed location via public transportation was a significant triumph for me.

After composing the song and singing it numerous times, offering it as a praise song unto the Lord, I recognized that the opening refrain was similar to a song that I recall from my “boppin doo wop days” in Gary, Indiana back in the 1950s. “M.T.Y.L.T.T.” is an abbreviation for More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow, a love song of another kind.

Erik Hogstrom, in his blog Route1, offers the following comments about this particular song:

Checkers Records single release No. 858 was a 1957 release by East Chicago, Ind. doo wop group The Dream Kings.

The enigmatically titled “M.T.Y.L.T.T.” only managed to become a local hit in the Chicagoland area. Now it shows up occasionally on doo wop or Checkers Records compilations, but for all practical purposes it has slipped into dark obscurity.

Give a listen to this classic “doo wop” recording:

As I begin this day, I am attempting to put in words just how much I love the Lord.

This recording of “Jesus I Love You” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir expresses what I am trying to say: