The True Source

[You may listen to this song here. The free PDF of the lead sheet is here.]

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of LIFE,
And as I go my way,
Help me to be my best for You.

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of JOY,
And as I go my way,
May my heart sing praises to You.

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of LOVE,
And as I go my way,
Help me to love both friend and foe.

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of GRACE,
And as I go my way,
Help me to give and to forgive.

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of HOPE,
And as I go my way,
Help me to share Your precious truth.

I come believing, Lord,
That You’re the true source of LIGHT,
And as I go my way,
May Your light shine brightly through me.

And as I go my way,
Help me to be my best for You.

About This Song:

It wasn’t that long ago that I posted the lyrics for a little song called “I Come Believing, Lord.” If you don’t remember it, I don’t blame you. It isn’t a very memorable song.

I was looking at it again more recently and marveled that I’d even bothered to post it. Seeing how incomplete it looked didn’t take much effort.

So I started switching the stanzas around and trying to figure out what might make it better. I struggled for two or three weeks trying to improve the lyrics.  I kept “I come believing, Lord, that You’re the” because we’re coming to God as the source of everything He wants us to be. “And as I go my way” indicates what God is enabling us to be or to do as the result of our prayers.

Even after completing all of the stanzas I thought it needed, placing them in the most sensible and most meaningful order became a new issue. This is how I ended up thinking the ideas should flow:

  • Jesus promised Believers a more meaningful earthly life as well as an eternal one in Heaven. So praying for that kind of life and asking God to help us live our best for Him makes sense.
  • If we’re living the lives He wants us to live, we should be experiencing a true–a special–sense of joy. Not that we’re going to be happy every minute of our lives, but with the Holy Spirit within us, we should be able to enjoy the kind of joy that’s apt to break out in song.
  • Because God has given us His love, we should want to obey Jesus’ command to love others, whether they’re friends or enemies.
  • And because of everything He’s given us–His grace is beyond our comprehension–we should be willing to be gracious–to give to others in whatever ways we can and to forgive those who wrong us.
  • God’s light is brighter than anything we know, but if we’re living our best lives for Him, we want to reflect His love and be salt and light to those about us.
  • And that brings us back to the original life stanza.

The change in lyrics resulted in a few minor changes in the melody. Because the stanzas are short and repetitive in their format, I gave parts of the even-numbered stanzas a different melody. If you listen to the recording, you’ll figure out that the alternate melody is actually a harmony of the odd-numbered stanzas’ melody. I hope that keeps the song from sounding too tedious.

To say the least, I never anticipated that God would take a song I wrote long ago (I don’t even have a completion date on the original copy) and inspire me to turn it into something so much more complete. And, I hope, so much better.

I write Christian novels as well as songs. The two most recent ones are shown below and their pictures are links to the Amazon pages. The eighteen-book picture is a link to my Amazon Author Page.

I’ll be back again next Wednesday. (I’m sorry I’m a little late this week.) Please join me then. Better still, sign up to receive these weekly posts by email.

Best regards,


Eighteen Novel 4x6 Postcard

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-five-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of twenty Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He is active in his church's nursing home ministry He also plays bass guitar on the church raise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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