Not my favourite Dan Schutte song I must say. Inspired by the Kingdom of God saying in Matt 13:44 the text depicts the longing for Christ and giving all for Christ but the music just seems too laid back for such a commitment. The other problem is the the Reign of God is being described by Jesus in a succession of abstract metaphors with layers of meaning and challenge. Schutte’s song actually narrows the thought rather than opening it out. So much of his material is so good that I get picky about the merely OK ones. Nonetheless it gets selected a lot by our liturgists and is sung well by the assembly.
Lord, to whom can I go?
You alone speak the words of life.
You alone on the earth
or in heaven above
are my Saviour and my Lord.
I found the treasure in a field,
that neither time nor death can steal.
I will sell what I have,
give all that I am,
to hold this treasure as my own.
Jesus, Lord of my life,
I can ask for nothing more
than to see and believe
that my life lies in you,
in the kingdom of my Lord.
© Daniel Schutte and New Dawn Music 1985.
Another VST melody line experiment: