I still remember when this was sung as the closing hymn of the priesthood session of general conference in April 2007. It gave me chills then and still does every time I listen to it.

The music is by Jean Sibelius. Most will recognize the tune as “Be Still My Soul.”

The words for the hymn are written by John S. Tanner. I have included them below, and you can find more about this hymn from its author here.  The hymn is based on what is often referred to as Nephi’s Psalm (see 2 Nephi 4).

As a sidenote, as I consider the title, I ask myself if I use the word “love” too flippantly. I think it is not uncommon to say “I love you” without really thinking about it. The important thing, I think, is to ask ourselves whether others know that we love them. Hopefully I convey my love for the Lord (and for others) in word and in deed.

“I Love the Lord”
I love the Lord. In him my soul delights.
Upon his word, I ponder day and night.
He’s heard my cry, brought visions to my sleep,
And kept me safe o’er deserts and the deep.
He’s filled my heart with his consuming love,
And borne me high on wings of his great dove.
Yet oft I groan,”O wretched man am I!”
My flesh is weak and I’m encompassed by
A world of sin, which holds me in its thrall,
If I give in and to temptations fall.
Then strength grows slack, I waste in sorrow’s vale.
My peace destroyed, my enemies prevail.
Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin.
Rejoice, my heart! And let me praise again
The Lord my God, who is my rock and stay
To keep me strict upon his straight, plain way.
O let me shake at the first sight of sin
And thus escape my foes without and in.
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