Song Story: He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs
This beautiful song was written around 1970 by Dottie Rambo.
Dottie felt inspired to write a song about the grace of God, but had been unable to finish the song.
After a concert, she visited her brother who was dying of cancer and given only weeks to live. She prayed for him and encouraged him to give his heart to the Lord, but he refused telling her “I’ve been addicted to drugs and even spent time in jail.” Dottie reminded her brother that Jesus left the 99 sheep for the one lost sheep.
She felt inspired to finish the unwritten lyrics.
On another visit, her brother told her he’d given his heart to the Lord. Dottie sung the song at her brother’s funeral and in numerous concerts thereafter.
Years earlier, Dottie met Governor Jimmie Davis, who asked her to compose a tune to the tune of “Danny Boy”. Dottie set “He looked beyond my need and saw my fault” to the tune of “Danny Boy” which was inspired by the tune “Londonderry Air.”
The song reminds us of the power of God’s grace and how much we all need it.