Song of the Month: I Have a Shelter

Come Weary SaintsI’ve decided to be more formal with song introduction at Christ Church Hilton. So, starting in the month of January, I’m going to introduce a song each month that I think should join our music teams’ repertoire. I’m going to try to pick songs that can be played pretty easily and, preferably, that are not dependent on either a piano maestro or a guitar aficionado (so anyone can play it).

January’s song was “I Have a Shelter” by Steve Cook, Vikki Cook and Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music. You can find it on its official page.

Sovereign Grace Music has done an excellent job of establishing itself as a high quality source of music that is both lyrically engaging and musically interesting. The composers are all well known in church music circles and it’s well deserved.

This song plays with the image of “shelter in the storm”. The image used in the first verse as simple encouragement, “comfort in all my sorrows”. In the second verse, the image shifts to grace that, in spite of sin, “will not refuse me”. Finally, in the third verse, the image is of the Christian life and the burdens and weaknesses of Christians for whom shelter in the storm is “faithful hands that cannot fail”.

It has a beautiful melody. We play it in D but we can’t quite do the final harmonies that they’ve put together (they go pretty high). It may be easier to sing it a bit lower but without the harmonies D works well. Also, because it’s Sovereign Grace, you can get their lead sheets, guitar chords and piano score for free.

If you haven’t heard it, it’s really worth having a look at:

James Cuénod
Student at Wheaton College
I love Jesus, preach his Gospel, disciple his children, study his word and I am incurably passionate about the glory of God.
Inching my way towards teaching pastors in South Africa. Student at Wheaton College. Excited by Hermeneutics, Old Testament and Biblical Theology.