One of my favorites from the new “Deep Roots” CD is the simple hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee.” It was written by a 16 year old young man shortly after he found Christ, and there’s something so beautiful about these simple and sincere lyrics:
I love Thee because Thou has first loved me
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ‘tis now
For my arrangement, I wanted the music to reflect the simplicity of the lyric, so it’s not a busy track. In the second verse, I decided to use some minor chord substitutions, which I think darkened things appropriately for those more somber words. And of course, the lovely harmonies provided by Rachel Lampa added something special. This may be my favorite track from the record, to be honest.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (ESV)