Sometimes By Step 1992

This song was written and recorded by Beaker (David Strasser)… included on his album, The World As Best I Remember It, Vol. 2.

Beaker is a pseudonym for David Strasser, a Christian songwriter and musician well known for his collaborations with artist Rich Mullins. He received his nickname as a young man, when friends said he looked like Beaker the Muppet.
When Beaker was in the seventh grade, his youth pastor introduced him to his friend Rich Mullins, and the two soon became collaborators. Beaker co-wrote, performed, and toured with Rich Mullins for several years. The first song they wrote together was “Boy Like Me, Man Like You”, a 1991 hit for Mullins. Beaker is also responsible for writing the modern praise chorus “Step By Step”.
In the mid-90s, Beaker dropped out of the spotlight to focus on family life.

Rich Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Some of his albums were considered among Christian music’s best. Mullins was devoted to the Christian faith and heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi.
In the early 1990s, Mullins released a pair of albums entitled The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One & Volume Two. These featured a more stripped-back, acoustic feel than his earlier work, with nods to Irish music. “Step By Step”, a song written by his friend Beaker and included on volume one, and incorporated into “Sometimes By Step” with additional lyrics by Mullins on volume two, became an instant hit on Christian radio, and, like “Awesome God”, it became a popular praise chorus. Both during and after Mullins’ college years, Beaker was a substantial influence on Mullins and his music. Beaker co-wrote, performed, and toured with Mullins for several years.
In September 1997, Mullins and a friend were traveling through Illinois to a benefit concert at Wichita St. University in Kansas, when they lost control of their Jeep. They were not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to miss the overturned Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the path of the oncoming truck, was hit by the truck and instantly died at the scene.

Many people who know this song have never heard the verses… and are surprised when the chorus starts and it’s a song they know well.

This song describes a prayer one might pray as he/she draws near to the end of a day… and is reminded how present God has been in every situation and in every part of creation.
Bible Reference… Deuteronomy 13:4; Psalm 63; 86:11; 118:28; Isaiah 26:9

 

 

Sometimes the night was beautiful. Sometimes the sky was so far away;
sometimes it seemed to stoop so close you could touch it but your heart would break.
Sometimes the morning came too soon. Sometimes the day could be so hot.
There was so much work left to do… but so much You’d already done.

        CHORUS:
        Oh God, You are my God and I will ever praise You!
        Oh God, You are my God and I will ever praise You!
        I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways
        and step by step You’ll lead me and I will follow You all of my days.

Sometimes I think of Abraham; how one star he saw had been lit for me.
He was a stranger in this land and I am that, no less than he.
And on this road to righteousness. sometimes the climb can be so steep;
I may falter in my steps but never beyond Your reach. (CHORUS)

        CODA:
        And I will follow You all of my days! And I will follow You all of my days!
        And step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days!

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