You Are Near (Dan Schutte)



"You Are Near" was written in 1970 by Dan Schutte. Originally, it began, "Yahweh, I know you are near." – based on the translation in the Jerusalem Bible (which had been published just a couple years prior to the song being composed by Schutte). Recent Catholic hymnals now have, "O Lord, I know you are near." This is a nod to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the faith who may find our use of the tetragrammaton YHWH offensive. The directive to omit "Yahweh" in sacred liturgy was actually given by the U.S. Bishops Committee on Divine Worship in 2008. It has taken a long time for this directive to be heeded.

This is an imperfect rendition by Richard, Jack and Anne at the Church of St. Mary. I goofed up the first line of verse 2. 

Refrain:
O Lord, I know you are near, 
standing always at my side. 
You guard me from the foe, 
and you lead me in ways everlasting. 

Verses:
Lord, you have searched my heart, 
and you know when I sit and when I stand. 
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death, 
keeping me from harm.

Where can I run from Your love? 
If I climb to the heavens You are there; 
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, 
still I'd find You there.

You know my heart and its ways, 
you who formed me before I was born 
in the secret of darkness before I saw the sun 
in my mother's womb.

Marvelous to me are Your works; 
how profound are Your thoughts, my Lord. 
Even if I could count them, they number as the stars, 
You would still be there.