Here I Am, Lord Hymn Story and Lyrics (I The Lord of Sea and Sky) – Dan Schutte

Here I am Lord Hymn (I The Lord of Sea and Sky) Lyrics

I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 2]
I, who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 3]
I, the Lord of snow and rain
I have borne my people’s pain
I have wept for love of them
They turn away

Here I am Lord Hymn History

Here I Am, Lord is one of the most well-known hymns that has crossed the divide between Catholics and Protestants. Most Christians also call it by the first line of the song, I, the Lord of Sea and Sky.

Many Protestants feature this song in their worship services which is remarkable when you consider the differences that exist between Catholics and Protestants.

Since the reformation, these branches of Christianity have followed different paths in their musical traditions. The protestants have been more open in incorporating secular tunes in their music than Catholics.

I should however add that the differences are not as clear as black and white as you have both liberal and conservative wings in both branches.

Having said this it should be noted that this hymn has a powerful message of surrender to the will of God.

Dan Schutte wrote this song in 1981. It is based on the message found in Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Samuel 3. In Isaiah we see the Lord God Almighty asking whom He shall send and Isaiah responding positively to God’s call. In his response, Isaiah says, “Here I am, send me”.

Dan Schutte, Here I am Lord hymn lyrics and history
Dan Schutte

Regardless of whether we are Protestants or Catholics Jesus is calling us and we need to respond to God’s call. It is a call for service. A call for spreading the word and love of God to the people around us.

No wonder this is a song that young and old have fallen in love with. Surveys have shown that it is the second most loved song in the United Methodist Church, especially among the youth.

Which is understandable when you consider that surrender is a big tenet of the Christian faith. I remember as a young man long ago wondering if I had fully submitted my will to the Lord to be used of him.

It is only when we full surrender to him that we will enjoy the peace that only Christ can provide. This is a tough ask in a world of individualism.

We would prefer to control our own lives rather than surrender it to another power. In this case surrendering our lives to the God of the universe.

Here I am Lord Hymn Video

In the video below we will hear and watch a beautiful rendition of this hymn which is also known as I, the Lord of sea and sky.

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