Question of the Week: Dianne Wilkinson

The Kingsmen’s brand-new album, Grace Says, comes out on July 16th. Its closing track is “Loving Shepherd, Gracious God,” a mellow song featuring bass singer Ray Dean Reese. Though it might not jump out on first listen, the lyric and melody quietly keep drawing me back, time after time—to the point that it is now already the single song I have played more than any other this year.

I recently caught up with the song’s author, Dianne Wilkinson, and asked her what inspired the song. She said:

David is one of the people I just long to sit with in Heaven. I want to hear him play! I want to hear him talk! I want to know what kind of mood he was in when he wrote the 23rd Psalm!

The truth of that psalm was preached out to me a little over a year ago. Brother Don Savell,  a long-time friend of mine and my preacher brother, is an amazing preacher; people, including other preachers, come from all over the country to hear him. He preached a revival at my church, and he preached from the 23rd Psalm every night.

There’s more meat in this psalm than people know; let me put it that way…and I didn’t know it until this revival meeting!  Brothe Don said that that psalm was written from the perspective of an old sheep. And that’s exactly right; it’s a sheep looking back on the journey. It’s not a young sheep; it’s an old sheep. It’s just unbelievable the way he laid all that out. I could talk about this a long time, ’cause I am an old sheep, and He’s led me past the green pastures, and He’s provided for me for a long time. Now I know how David felt when he wrote those magnificent words…after the Lord had been his Shepherd for many years.

There’s a tag at the end where the music fades out, and they sing these words acapella:

There’s a loving shepherd leading me
Where the older sheep have trod
He is guiding, guarding, feeding me
Loving shepherd, gracious God.

Those words were inspired by a great man of God, preaching a very familiar Scripture passage, in a totally unique way that touched me deeply.

You can hear sound clips and pre-order here.

 


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  1. Great! I love this kind of stuff. It’s all about the Word with Mrs. Dianne, and that’s why she’s the best. Great song!

    • Oh, and good timing! 🙂

    • Thanks! (But I’m not sure I understand the timing comment? Was there something significant about today?

      • I put my review up of the new Kingsmen CD this morning.

      • Ah, OK! I haven’t gotten over yet!

        (But wouldn’t even greater timing have been yesterday, so you could incorporate her insights into your review? 😀 )

  2. I totally agree, Brian. Love these kind of posts… and the songs written by Miss Diane!

    • I agree on both counts! (And I can agree on #1 since I’m not the one writing the main part of it !)

  3. It always makes me so jealous when you refer to albums that come out in the future as something you have been listening to for awhile. How do I get these advance copies? Is there somewhere I register? A test I have to pass? I’ll gladly review anything sent to me. Blast it, I’ll bet I have to develop a reputation as a respected and valued reviewer, right?

    Oh yeah, I’m also jealous that you get to conversate with Dianne Wilkinson. I guess I’d better work on this jealosy thing.

    • Mr. Big – I work for the Kingsmen’s record company; I was in the studio when they were cutting this! That’s why! 🙂

      Oh, and I happened to get some studio footage, as I often do for Crossroads artists, and if you care to check that blog consistently (http://crossroadsmusic.com/blog/), you will often see these earlier than otherwise. There’s a few sneak peeks on there that have been up for months!

      It releases digitally tomorrow on Crossroads’ site.

      • Thanks, I knew of your connections, I was just trying to be funny. I do get the Crossroads email updates and visit pretty regularly. I’ll be picking up the digital copy tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

        It must be fun being around the talent as they come in to create new (and sometimes future classic) tracks. (Here’s where I would normally refer to my jealousy if I hadn’t already worn out that horse).