“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”Jesus – John 14:27
Okay, friends. I’m not much for having a video of me singing and playing guitar “out there.” But, a number of people requested so here it is, pulled from Sunday’s on-line worship.
Background: Several years ago I was asked to write an updated arrangement of the classic “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know” children’s song. I tried to reinterpret the chords as if James Taylor was playing guitar. Then I wrote new verses, simply sampling a lot of the classic favorite hymns everyone has memorized in their heart.
Consequently, all the sentiments from hymns such as Rock of Ages,Amazing Grace, Precious Lord, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, All Creatures of Our God and King… and more… are right there, just below the surface of the song.
Here are the words; credit, me. Then you can listen to the video from Sunday worship. I didn’t miss too many notes so I won’t be seriously embarrassed.
Enjoy, and feel free to share if it touches your heart. – DEREK
Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; we’re all weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me; yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so. Rock of ages, cleft for me; let me hide myself in thee. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound; I once was lost but now am found. Yes, Jesus Loves me; yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so. Hark the herald angels sing; all creatures of our God and King. Be thou our vision, precious Lord; a mighty fortress is our God. Yes, Jesus loves me; yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.