Daniel W. Whittle, James McGranaham
Eddie Lewis Trumpet
I Know Whom I Have Believed
This week’s Unadorned Trumpet Hymn is a nice little march tune by Daniel W. Whittle and James McGranaham. It was written in 1883.
I Know Whom I Have Believed begins each verse with “I know not…” It is in the refrain when the lyrics proclaim, “But I Know Whom I Have Believed…”
Basically the hymn is saying, “I don’t fully understand all of these wonderful things, BUT I know that I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior”. It’s a beautiful hymn with an important message.
The hymn says “And am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” We do not deserve this, but Jesus offers it freely. Praise God!
Public Domain Hymns
Something I haven’t mentioned in these posts yet is that I try to only do public domain hymns in this series. It’s not as if this is some major restriction because most of the best hymns were written over 100 years ago anyway. Even if there weren’t copyright concerns, I would probably still record hymns from 100 years ago or older.
But yes, the biggest issue is the copyright concerns. And it’s not that I don’t think I’d be allowed to post them on YouTube or anything like that. YouTube has set it up so that you can go ahead and post things and the owner of the work will collect the advertising revenue from your video. Fair trade. There are people who have made videos with my intellectual property and I collect a tiny amount of money from those videos. If one of those videos were to go viral, I would probably collect a lot more than a “tiny amount”. So I’m not against that system.
But if I record music that is still under copyright, then I do not have the luxury of doing anything else that I might want to do. For example, I would like to publish a book of the hymns I’ve recorded. But currently copyrighted hymns cannot be included in that book.
Okay, I say “cannot”… The truth is, part of this is laziness – part of it is thriftiness. I don’t want to go through the hassle of including those hymns nor do I want to pay the money to be allowed to include them.
Why would I when there are so many wonderful hymns that fall in the public domain?
When I recorded this hymn, I Know Whom I Have Believed, the take you see in the video was the one and only take of the melody (can’t do that with the harmonies). I won’t say that I never did that before. Yes, it has happened before, but only rarely.
The way I do these recordings is a little different from what I see other online musicians doing. They edit their recordings (most of them). Instead, I want my recordings to sound real and to actually BE real. So I don’t edit mistakes out. If I don’t like a take, I simply just do it again.
In this case, I Know Whom I Have Believed was done in one take. That’s nice! Because it gives me time to do other work.
The difficult thing about doing multiple takes is that it requires endurance. Each successive take saps the endurance just a tiny bit more.
I Know Whom I Have Believed Lyrics
Here are the full lyrics for the hymn:
I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But “I Know Whom I Have Believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.
I know not when my Lord may come,I Know Whom I Have Believed by Daniel W. Whittle
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.