Singing truth as a family. It’s something I grew up loving and now, in God’s kindness, I get to continue the practice with my husband and kids. Whether it be hymns, worship songs, catechism songs or Scripture memory songs from GT and the Halo Express, we love singing them here. We’re so thankful for the Church’s heritage of rich compositions as well as for many new resources available to believers today.
One such new resource is a ministry called Happy Hymnody (https://happyhymnody.wordpress.com). As a family, we’ve been using their hymn lists for a little over a year now. The ministry provides helpful direction and resources for those wanting to regularly learn and sing beautiful, truth-filled hymns (both old and new). With a new hymn to practice each month, they facilitate a community of worshipers by providing such things as the history behind the hymns, free printables, and videos with which to sing along.
Their hymn listed for the month of October this year is one of my favorites: “God Moves In A Mysterious Way” by William Cowper (pronounced “KOO-per”). In yesterday’s Instagram post, @happyhymnody mentioned that there are many tunes to which this hymn has been sung. While the traditional setting is a tune called “Dundee,” many people have felt this melody to be unsuited to the depth of emotion conveyed in Cowper’s text. I myself thought this several years ago when I was introduced to the hymn, and I decided to write my own melody—one that was straightforward and sing-able, but one that also captured more emotion (at least for a Western ear). I also added a very simple chorus of “Hallelujahs” to break up the short verses and give time for reflection and praise.
Happy Hymnody officially selected the tune called “St. Peter” for their community to use this month, but they encouraged their followers to feel free to use others melodies. Last night, Daniel and I made a quick recording of my version of the hymn for our fellow Happy Hymnody singers to use if they’re interested. And, for anyone else—please enjoy listening to and using this version for personal purposes. Since the melody is original and copyrighted, please don’t use it for profit. I will try to get a PDF chord chart posted up here in the next few days!
For your joy, Christina
P.S. A huge thank you to my husband for offering to play guitar for me so that I could sing in a range more suited to my voice; I only know a handful of chords on guitar and this video is much better than it would have been with me trying to sing and play solo!