Ninety and Nine

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold
But one was out on the hills away
Far off from the gates of gold
Away on the mountains, wild and bare
Away from the tender shepherd’s care
Away from the tender shepherd’s care

‘Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine
Are they not enough for Thee’
But the shepherd made answer
‘This of mine has wandered far from me
And though the road be rough and steep
I go to the desert to find my sheep
I go to the desert to find my sheep’

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost
Out in the desert He heard its cry
Sick and helpless and ready to die
Sick and helpless and ready to die

But all through the mountains, thunder riven
And up from the rocky steep
There rose a glad cry at the gates of Heaven
‘Rejoice, I have found my sheep!’
And the angels echoed around the throne
‘Rejoice for the Lord brings back His own!
Rejoice for the Lord brings back His own!’

“The Ninety and Nine” by Andrew Peterson

This song is so wonderful. And it’s been in my head all morning.  The message is beautiful, and the music is catchy, and oh man.  If you haven’t heard it, I would recommend that you find a way to hear it now.  It might make you cry… but only if you’re a sucker, like me.  I teared up right now just reading the lyrics.

Love! K-May

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One response to “Ninety and Nine

  1. H-m-m… Well, I assume you mean that the
    version of the song you heard was recorded by
    Andrew Peterson. It certainly wasn’t written by him. The words were
    written by Elizabeth Clephane in Scotland. She pictured her wayward
    brother, then living in Canada, as the lost sheep in Jesus’
    parable. In 1876, about 6 years after the poem was published, Ira
    Sankey created the tune. (A remarkable story in itself, that you
    can read on my hymn blog today, Wordwise Hymns.)

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