Our Dwelling Place

SATB, div., a capella


Duration Approx. 5’
Premiere September 30, 2017
New Music Festival
Christ Church, Fitchburg, MA
Christ Church Choir, directed by Robert Potterton III
Text “Our Dwelling Place”, by Madame Jeanne Marie Guyon (translation unknown)

I love, my God, but with no love of mine.
For I have none to give;
I love Thee, Lord, but all the Love is Thine,
For by Thy life I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied and lost and swallowed up in Thee.
Thou, Lord, alone art all Thy children need,
And there is none beside;
From Thee the streams of blessedness proceed;
In Thee the blest abide,
Fountain of life, and all-abounding grace,
Our source, our center, and our dwelling place!

Notes I found the text to Madame Guyon’s poem while perusing my church’s hymnal and decided to set it to music. The text appealed to me as it captured my feelings that, without Jesus Christ, I am nothing, and I find my ultimate fulfillment in Him.

For those who may use this piece in a religious setting, or for those who are simply curious, the following are a list of Scriptures (not exhaustive) that relate to the themes of this poem:

Psalm 36:7-9; 42:1-2
Isaiah 41:17-20; 45:118-25
John 3:16; 4:7-26; 6: 25-26, 35; 14:6; 15:1-11
Galatians 2:20
Ephesians 2:4-10
I John 4:7-21; 5:11-12, 20
Revelation 21:3-4

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