George Beverly Shea – Musical Musings in March

I’ve decided to write about a composer today. Oh, I could have chosen many for certain, but the two pieces of music written by George Beverly Shea are two of my favorites. So today we’ll take a look at both of them.


In my youth, I remember singing these two songs. And as I matured, so did my understanding of these two songs. It is difficult for us to understand how God could love us as much as He does, but believe it. God loves us!


And what could we possibly offer God in return for His great love? Our complete devotion. More than anything in this world, our love and desire for God should take precedence.


So today, “The Wonder of it All” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus” are my choices. One speaks of God’s love for me, the other speaks of my love for God. I pray that you know the wonder of God’s love for you and that you have chosen to love Jesus more than this old world.


“The Wonder of it All”
There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.

O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

Verse 2
There’s the wonder of springtime and harvest,
The sky, the stars, the sun;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is a wonder that’s only begun.[i]


Enjoy the Gaither’s version of this song by clicking on this link.


“I’d Rather Have Jesus”

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold:
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all than my hungering spirit needs.
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.[ii]


Another great version of a great song!


The verse of Scripture related to this particular song is Philippians 1:21 (NIV). “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” I would rather have Jesus. How about you?


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



[i] The Wonder of it All, George Beverly Shea, 1955

[ii] I’d Rather Have Jesus, George Beverly Shea and Rhea F. Miller, 1932

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