THEN I WILL PRAISE YOU
1. When I feel miserable, down and depressed, worthless, I feel that I've never been blessed, you hold me gently with your unseen hands; later I'll see you, my friend.
Then I will praise you, God, I will praise you. Then I will praise you, my Saviour, again.
2. You seem so far away, you, and your light; darkness has covered me, thick as the night; I've lost direction, I can't find my way.
God, bring this night to an end.
3. Send out your light and truth, they'll be my guide. Where there's your light and truth,
Fill me with wonder, surprise me with joy.
Only on you I depend.
1990. Though I've often received encouragement and positive feedback for songs I've written, two letters I received in 1995 were extra-special. The one shared with me the healing impact that one of my songs had had on that one person's life. The other, from a friend of many years, detailed the powerful role that several songs had played at crucial times. ‘Then I will praise you’ was one of those songs: ‘... you were the hand of God holding me back from the rim of the Abyss with your song.’ The words of the psalms, whether literal or paraphrased, have had that effect on many people over the centuries, and naturally I'm enormously encouraged that a simple tune combined with the deep thoughts of the psalmist can provide such support.
2021 - Where do we go from here?
Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?
And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)
Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.
Two weeks ago I finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:
May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us,
stay with us
in the coming year.