Program Notes - This music is dedicated to my parents, Commissioner and Mrs. Harold Shoults. It was written for their retirement service March 18, 1994. The themes of the suite are taken from a few of their favorite songs which contain many references to the path of life provided by our Heavenly Father. The text for the title is from Psalms 16:11 "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
I. The Calvary Track
The words of Albert Orsborn "I Know Thee Who Thou Art" (tune - Brantwood) provide the themes for this spirited opening movement. The subtitle is derived from the final verse:
"Let nothing draw me back,
Or turn my heart from thee,
But by the Calvary track
Bring me at last to see
The courts of God, that city fair,
And find my name is written there."
II. Faultless at His Throne
This movement reflects on the words by Will Brand. "There is beauty in the name of Jesus". The mood contemplates the beauty, salvation, comfort, and rapture found in His name. The song references the prophetic vision of the saints being raptured and Heaven's wealth being restored to earth. The second verse provides the subtitle: "We shall find ourselves at last presented Faultless at his Father's throne."
III. Unseen Treasure
Based on the song by Ann Waring, "In Heavenly Love Abiding" (tune - Ewing), this movement starts as a four part fugue as it reflects on the first verse of the song. The rigid baroque style reflects the steadfast faith which comes from total dependence on God's heavenly love, in spite of the storms we face. The piece turns to verse two using a choral-prelude style. The bright instruments lead the chorale phrases, dutifully answered by the mellow groups. The intent is to reflect our shepherd leading us on the path (He knows the way He taketh). There is a short interlude (green pastures theme), followed by a bold statement of hope and assurance which is reflected in the third verse:
"My hope I cannot measure,
My path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure,
And He will walk with me."