The inspiration behind the song…
“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Scripture records for us an instance of Jesus singing! And of all times, it is on His way to His death, the giving of His life for the life of the world. How could He sing at a moment like that? With humble heart, and steadfast love, He chose to sing, to leave us an example…
I will sing, I will sing my works to the King,
offer my hands joyfully,
with humble heart and steadfast love
I will sing sing my works to the King.
In the cloister, we wake up each morning to the sound of another Sister walking down the hall singing and ringing the rising bell. We rise and clothed in the Holy Habit go to the Chapel to encounter Christ, to be filled with him. Then, we begin our apostolic works, giving what we have received—Jesus.
When we make our weary way back to our cell at the very end of the day, hopefully we are exhausted. Exhausted because we have spent everything with no reservation, holding nothing back, giving all for souls.
Singing, aloud or in our hearts, can strengthen us to keep going and keep giving. It pulls us out of ourselves, stirs us to greater offerings…
I will sing my works to the King!