Sing to the Lord a new song!Psalm 96:1-2
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!
Share the news of his saving work every single day!
I play with words for a living. I write inspirational books, novels, blogs, devotionals, feature articles, columns, website content and more. But – and this is generally a much quieter part of my story – I am a songwriter too.
This past Sunday – June 27th – I premiered a new song during worship at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, with the help of my (very patient) friends Brett and Hans. In many ways I believe this is likely the most rewarding song I have ever composed.
I don’t have a studio, and I don’t have the patience to run through the song umpteen times until it sounds just right, but I did prepare a video to share on YouTube, and I would be thrilled if you gave it a listen.
The version we did at church didn’t record so well, but you can get an idea of what the song sounds like with drums and lead guitar by viewing our church FaceBook Live video, after Rebekah’s message, beginning at the 57:30 mark.
Buoyancy, life, and the Lord’s Supper:
The composition is called “Anthem to Beauty and Light” and it catches, in the best way I know how, the buoyancy, the life, and the optimism of living a life of faith and following Jesus.
Here are the words. May they be a prayer for you today.
(Also, know that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Jesus, even the restrictive and prejudicial rules of the narrow-mindedly religious. So find a church near you today, and show up to take communion; the bread and the wine represent the humbling extent of God’s belief in all of us.)
Peace, always – DEREK
Anthem to Beauty and Light It’s a beautiful Day It’s a beautiful Life Oh, the birds are singing Oh, the sun is shinning Oh yes it is; oh yes it is It’s a beautiful day There’s love all around There’s love all around Oh, I feel it everywhere Oh, I know that God is there Oh yes God is; oh yes God is Love is beautiful… beautiful Ummmm, This world is full of light Ummmm, This life is Wonderful Life is beautiful There’s no pillar of fire You haven’t parted the seas But, your love is everywhere So long as I’m aware Just open your eyes; oh open your eyes To see God’s evidence. See the people we love As we channel God’s light Oh, I feel it everywhere Oh, I know that God is there I see the signs; We can’t deny God’s love is beautiful… beautiful Ummmm, The truth is there to see Ummmm, In this church Family Life is beautiful... This world is beautiful... God’s Love is beautiful.... (Derek Maul, 2021)
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.