This song was recorded by Sixpence None the Richer… included on the compilation CD, Exodus.
Sixpence None the Richer (also known as Sixpence) is an American alternative Christian rock band that formed in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. The name of the band is inspired by a passage from the book Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis: A little boy asks his father if he can get a sixpence—a very small amount of English currency—to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift and he’s really happy with it, but he also realizes that he’s not any richer for the transaction. C.S. Lewis compared that to his belief that God has given him, and us, the gifts we possess, and to serve him the way we should, we should do it humbly—realizing how we got the gifts in the first place.
The band received 2 Grammy Award nominations, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Kiss Me” and a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album for Sixpence None the Richer.
I first heard this band on this compilation CD… only to find my oldest daughter was listening to them on pop radio.
This song is like a modern-day psalm… a prayer.
Bible Reference… Psalm 18; 23; 31; 32; 34; 43; 46; 55; 68
My heart is as dark as the soil sodden with winter rains.
My soul is as heavy as the peat freshly dug from the bog.
My thoughts swirl like willow branches caught in autumn winds.
My body as tense as a cat’s as it stalks its prey.
Help me open my heart to You. Help me open my heart to You.
Help me open my heart to You; oh, Jesus… it’s what I long to do.
My heart is as dark as the soil sodden with winter rains. (Lord, brighten my heart)
My soul is as heavy as the peat freshly dug from the bog. (Lord, lighten my soul)
My thoughts swirl like willow branches caught in autumn winds. (Lord, still my thoughts)
My body as tense as a cat’s as it stalks its prey. (Lord, relax my body) (CHORUS)