It was the fall of 2020, when my colleague Dr. Greg Zielke asked me about writing a choral piece using the text of Psalm 13. Still in the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this text seemed to perfectly capture the feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and hopelessness that we were collectively experiencing. The psalm does end expressing hope, almost defiantly. I sought to weave all of these complicated feelings into a cohesive musical whole.
From the Publisher: Chris Teichler gives one of John Newton's most beautiful hymn texts an atmospheric, tender musical setting. Usable throughout the year, this lovely anthem brings out the heart of the words: "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear! It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, and drives away our fear." Memorable, thoughtful, and a great ministry tool.