Watch Music & the Spoken Word each week. Subscribe on YouTube today!

March 27, 2022- #4828 Music & the Spoken Word

The Music & the Spoken Word broadcast airs live via TV, radio, and internet stream on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. mountain time. For information on other airtimes, visit “Airing Schedules” at


Conductor: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“When in Our Music God Is Glorified”
Music: English melody
Lyrics: Fred P. Green
Arrangement: Emily Crocker

“There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today”1
Music: John R. Sweney
Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg                                                                     

“How Great Thou Art (Great Is Our God)”2 (organ solo)
Music: Swedish folk melody
Arrangement: Dale Wood

“Their Sound Is Gone Out into All Lands” from Messiah3,4
Music: George Frideric Handel
Lyrics:  Scripture

“My Song in the Night”5
Music: American folk hymn
Lyrics: adpt. Joseph Swain
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg                                                                     

“In the Garden”6
Music and Lyrics: C. Austin Miles
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy                                                                     

“Rejoice, the Lord Is King!”7
Music: Horatio Parker
Lyrics: Charles Wesley
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

  1. On the album Then Sings My Soul.
  2. On the album Now Let Us Rejoice.
  3. On the album Messiah – Complete Oratorio.
  4. On the album Messiah – Highlights.
  5. On the album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
  6. On the album He Is Risen.
  7. On the album Let Us All Press On.

The Spoken Word

Just Let the Fire Warm You

When he was nearing 80 years old, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa was asked in an interview, “Have you found that your relationship to God has changed as you’ve grown older?” This deeply spiritual man, who has since passed away, thought for a moment and said: “Yes. I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God.”

He explained that previously he treated prayer like “a kind of shopping list that you bring to God.” But now he saw prayer differently: “[It’s] like when you sit in front of a fire in winter. You are just there, in front of the fire, and you don’t have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.”1

Throughout time, many of the noted and great have discovered the value of spending time with God and feeling the warmth of His presence. Moses met God alone at the burning bush and on Mt. Sinai, and these places became holy ground.2 The prophet Elijah found God—not in an earthquake or a mighty wind, but in a still, small voice.3 The Psalmist David communed with God and wrote that “in [His] presence is fulness of joy.”4 And we know that Jesus often withdrew alone to pray.5

Such sacred experiences, however, are not just for prophets and archbishops. Jesus invited us all, “Enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”6

As we all know, life sometimes feels as cold as winter. During difficult days, we need the warmth and reassurance that God offers His children. He knows us perfectly, loves us purely, and wants happiness and joy for us today and forever. And He is always only a prayer away. Sometimes we might approach Him with something specific to ask or request, but that isn’t required. While God welcomes our questions and petitions, He also just wants to be with us. So don’t worry if you don’t feel eloquent or aren’t sure what to say. Just come to Him, let the fire warm you.

  1. In “Desmond Tutu, Insisting We Are ‘Made for Goodness’” (interview with Renee Montagne, Mar. 11, 2010),
  2. See Exodus 3:1–5; 19:17–20.
  3. See 1 Kings 19:11–12.
  4. Psalm 16:11.
  5. See Luke 6:12.
  6. See Matthew 6:6