You Alone, O Lord

You alone, O Lord, are my shield and defender;
You alone, O Lord, can break the power of evil men.
You alone, O Lord, can put an end to their terror
And punish them for all their wicked ways.
(repeat stanza)

When I lie down, I sleep in peace,
For in You alone I am secure, O Lord.
In You alone I am secure.

About this song:
In January of 1991, the United States–the whole free world, actually–was on pins and needles waiting to see whether Iraq would respond to demands to withdraw from its forceful occupation of Kuwait. The United Nations had set January 15th as the deadline for Iraq to comply.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person wondering and perhaps worrying about the possibility of our becoming involved in war in the Middle East.

But rather than continue to worry, I sat down in the living room with my Bible and started searching the Psalms for verses of reassurance. I came up with a number of them, but these were the most meaningful:

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

He is a shield to all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:30b)

Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. (Psalm 30:15)

You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again. (Psalm 30:18)

The next day, Operation Desert Storm began.

Later, I combined these into this song. It’s short as is, but I typically sing the verse twice, then the refrain, and the the verse again. The accompaniment intensifies with each verse.

I’ve recently been working on another stanza. After another trip through the Psalms, I’ve (tentatively) added:

You alone, O Lord, are my rock and my refuge;
You alone, O Lord, pick me up when I fall.
You alone, O Lord, guide me through the darkest valleys
And keep me on Your everlasting path.

Even though the new stanza fits, I’m hesitant to use it–because of the way I associate this song with Operation Desert Storm. It would be different if this verse had been part of the original song.

I’ll let you be the judge. Comments, please?

By the way, a free lead sheet of this song may be found here. And don’t forget I have another blog,  “On Aging Gracelessly.”

I’m going to be away next Wednesday, but I’ll try to post another song from where I am.



About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger’s young adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. The Devil and Pastor Gus just came out, and he has eight unpublished manuscripts.
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