Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I am not skilled to understand

I listen to K-LOVE on the mornings that I drive to Arkadelphia.  It’s awesome, wonderful, spiritual, uplifting, encouraging Praise & Worship music.  It’s the ONLY station that comes in clearly the ENTIRE drive from Mena to Arkadelphia, and since it’s 100% listener-supported, there are no commercials. They have great DJs and great giveaways and the best stories from listeners. I. Love. It.

It’s really done a lot for me over the past few months.  I’ve found dozens of songs that I have fallen in love with.  Dozens.  When I started the Couch to 5K program, I deleted my old “workout” playlist and loaded up a new one with about 98% Praise & Worship songs that I’ve heard just by listening to K-LOVE.

One of the songs that I’ve heard a few times is so SO so good.  I heard it this morning, and I’ve had it stuck in my head all day long.  It’s called, “My Savior, My God.”

I decided to look up the lyrics (something I do with almost any song I like – so that I don’t get caught singing the wrong words.) and listen to it again tonight, just cause it’s that good.  I searched for a video of it on YouTube and actually came across a video of Aaron Shust, the guy who sings it, discussing the history of the song.  I thought it was pretty interesting.

He was flipping through a Hymnal and ran across a song titled “I Am Not Skilled to Understand,” and read through the words.  He had never heard this hymn before, but he started having his church sing it and after awhile, he wrote a chorus for it, but kept all of the original words to the verses/pre-chorus.  The chorus (which is the most recognizable part of the song, and the part that I’ve had stuck in my head all day) takes the song to the next level.

Anyway, I thought it was a neat history about the song and just wanted to share what I had learned.

Here is the video of Aaron that I found, if you want to watch it.  The first part of the video is him talking about finding the song in the Hymnal…  then he shows you how to play the song on the guitar… which I cannot play but wish I could.  Then he plays the whole song.  Love love love.

3 comments:

  1. I hate the when I head south, KLove doesn't come in very clearly! I have a Sirius satellite radio that I use, when I have the service!

    Anyways, I love this song! It's been one of my favorites since the first time a heard it!

    Christian music is about the only thing I listen to anymore. I can't even tell you what the "new" songs are anymore!

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  2. Thanks for your interesting post, and for the clip by Aaron Shust. Some contemporary "doctoring" of traditional hymns leaves me cold, but I think he's done a fine job with this. (And you actually get a guitar lesson thrown in, which will be a help to those wanting to use the arrangement.)

    If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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