Life Story

Life Story



1. The people who walk in darkness (SH MIX)
Scripture Isaiah 9
Background – written very much with Finland in mind
Co writer Jussi is the Lutheran youth worker who is my main friend/contact there
15 year of ministry now. The concept that Jesus light comes in to the darkness of their environment as prophesied by Isaiah so long ago
2. Jesus King of the ages (SH MIX)
Scriptures Hebrews
Background – written for the Millenium where there was so much fear particularly in Finland of nuclear meltdown in Russia, sense of God being in control of time. There is more on this in the Kingsway article on our website
http://www.davidlylemorris.com/article.htm
3. Hosanna, God’s children sing
Scriptures Psalms 8;1,2 ; 139: 13,16
Background – written out of our love for kids, Africa and all indigenous worship expressions. The power of praise from young ones and the sense that the father is in control of our lives and destiny.
4. Surely our God (Revealer of mysteries)
Scriptures Daniel 2:21-22,47; Matthew 11:25,Colossians 2:2-3
Background – this is our theme song as a family. Liz and wrote it at a time she was preaching on this message. The amazing name of God ‘revealer of mysteries’. The concept that we are humble as Christians and do not have all the answers to people’s searching, but we can point them towards Jesus who has all the answers to their longings. Written in Celtic style which is both our roots especially Liz being Scots.
5. Love, joy, peace (The fruit of the Spirit)
Scriptures Galatians 5:22-23
Background – wanted a song that would help us memorise the fruit of the Spirit, to balance the emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit in many churches, without the character to sustain it. Went for a Pacific island feel to bring out the joy!
6. Guide me (hymn)
Lyrics attached, also all lyrics from Jesus King of the ages album
Background – I am welsh on my Morris side, so the revival there and the music are in my blood. Loved the 4th verse we found for the hymn, that is not often used, talking about the promise of heaven. Recorded with the Celtic drone to freshen the usual hymn arrangement
7. Let us run with perseverance
Scriptures Hebrews 12:1 – 3, John 1:1 -3; Philippians 1:6
Background – wanted a rock hymn which would encourage us to persist in our faith and witness. Was picked up for a kids album in the UK and received a lot of use there and at Spring Harvest. A number of our songs were commissioned effectively by the given theme and scriptures of the Spring Harvest event year by year.
8. All the way my savior leads me
Sheet music attached (3 pages),
Background – this old hymn lyric from Fanny Crosby was set to a new tune by Rich Mullins. Steve Doherty A and R at Kingsway thought it would be perfect for me. Bil Hybels at Willow Creek has played our version of the hymn at his events, and many people have emailed saying they have used the song at funerals. The leading of God (especially for Fanny being blind!) is precious here, and the sense that we have an eternal destiny in Christ brings much comfort. Renewed hymns are a big part of what we use in our ministry. Keeping the sense of our inheritance in faith alongside the newness of what God is doing among us.
9. His name, his name (Finlandia)
Scriptures Isaiah 9
Background – realized when in Finland they are so moved by their very own Sibelius Finlandia tune. Found this simple lyric from Isaiah 9 which so wonderfully speaks in to the need for fatherhood in a nation crippled by family break down, depression and alcohol etc. Again a great example of a simple and beautiful renewed hymn that works with all ages.
10. Jesus all for Jesus
Background – Northern Ireland along with Finland has been a major mission focus for the last 15 years. This Robin Mark song has also become a theme song for us. The concept of the white flag surrender has special significance in a community where there has been so much violence in the name of religion.
11. Sing praises to our God
Scriptures Psalms  47
Background – wanted to write a joyful biblical song to encourage conservative Christians that God has commanded us ‘clap your hands all you nations’! To get excited about God. We came up with a bright brass arrangement for the Irish live recording.
12. Blessed are the poor in spirit (The Beatitudes)
Scriptures Matthew 5:3 – 12
Background – wanted a hymn to help us remember the Beatitudes. Spring Harvest commissioned the song. The Celtic feel wa appreciated particularly in Ireland where we recorded it on the live CD.
13. Alleluia, alleluia, Jesus is the Lord
Scriptures John 14:6
Background – this song from Emmaus out of Dublin, has become a theme song for us where ever we travel. The simple truth of Jesus in a haunting Celtic melody speaks to every culture and generation. Emmaus ministered the song in the  North of Ireland as Catholics and Protestants standing together in unity and God commanded a blessing!
14. God is our Father (The kingdom of heaven our goal)
Scriptures Matthew 6 :25 – 34
Background – Anglican vicar Nick heard the John Denver song “earth is our mother” and wanted to write a poem to contrast that ‘God is out father’ and that we can trust him to provide for all our needs. I set a Celtic tune to the poem and it was recorded with Stuart and Simon on our acoustic CD ‘When the music fades’. Again the content fitted a Spring Harvest theme that year.
15. Holy Spirit of God
Background – wanted a gentle prayer song to help us to open up to the Holy Spirit and to find the fruit and gifts of the Spirit in balance. Has always worked very well in Finland, and was recorded on our second album by the band that wa touring there with me from the UK at the time.
16. Be strong in the Lord
Scriptures Ephesians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9 -10; James 1: 2 – 4
Background – this is a ministry song we still use regularly 14 years on and has a powerful effect on those who are struggling to do things in their own strength and can lean on God more.
17. Lord draw me closer
Scriptures John 5 : 19 – 20;  Matthew 6:10
Background – a prayer for intimacy with God
18. Songs in the night
Scriptures Job 35:10;
Background – the idea from Job that God can give us songs in the night or even our darkest moments has been a hope for me in these 18 years since I wrote this early song.
19. Just say the word
Scriptures Matthew 8: 5 – 13
Background – my wife Liz and her mother have had gifts of healing for many years. Before we recorded our first Cd ‘Faith over reason in 1992, we had written a number of healing songs to reinforce the healing ministry we were involved in, in Ipswich UK. These songs appeared on a number of cassette demos we recorded. This song is one of the most requested and appreciated of this group of songs (along with ‘Miracles’ off the same album).