The song we sang this past Sunday in worship was one of the first congregational songs I ever wrote. ”Come Lord Jesus, Come!” was born during a men’s prayer meeting at Family Fare Restaurant. This doesn’t happen often to me, when a phrase or melody drops on my head in a moment of inspiration. Usually songwriting for me involves hacking away on an acoustic guitar, trying this or that chord along with this or that possible word or phrase.
I don’t remember what brought the lyrical and musical idea to mind – I can assure you it wasn’t the inspiration that comes from being in the presence of Guy Borghi, Steve Erk or Tom Eckman (although certainly these men inspire, just not usually in musical ways.) The chorus of the song came first and resonated from Revelation 22:20 – “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” I scrambled home after scrambled eggs and took out an old tape recorder and captured the idea. A few weeks later, after some time spent hacking away with chords and lyrical phrases, the song emerged.
Here is a demo of the song and the lyrics as we sang them on Sunday: