Monday, November 22, 2010

More Than Watchmen (Psalm 130)

I wrote this song a few weeks ago, also in response to one of my pastors' request for "hope songs" for us to sing in worship on Sunday mornings (He's doing a sermon series on hope). Most songs take at least a week or a few days of coming back to it a number of times for me to finish them, but this was one of the rare ones that came rather quickly, probably because the theme of hope resonates so strongly with me, and because Psalm 130 has been one of my favorite Psalms for years. I have been especially moved by its description of waiting on the Lord:

I wait for the Lord
More than watchmen wait for morning,
More than watchmen wait for morning.

I heard a story yesterday about a navy chaplain who was visiting soldiers who were standing guard through the night on the frontlines of a battlefield. He described the incredible tension, as a moving camel in the distance seemed so certainly to look like an enemy soldier, and a twinkle of light would set the whole camp on alarm. In the final hours of night, everyone was desperate to see the morning light, longing for the clarity of vision it would bring. These words from Psalm 130 became all the more real to the chaplain after this experience.

I have written below about how the Christian is always, in this life, waiting. For every answered prayer, there are many unanswered ones. And the ultimate fulfillment for what we can best desire will always remain unfulfilled until Christ returns. But we can still wait with confidence, believing that the morning will come and that the God who is in the business of making things new, will finally, one day, make all things new in Christ.

Verse 1: Bm7 G D A
Out of the depths I call to You
Listen to my plea
Out of the depths I cry the name of Jesus
Battered by my circumstance
Broken at Your feet
But voice enough to sigh the name of Jesus

Pre-Chorus: Em7 D/F# G A
Where else would I go
You're my only hope

Chorus: Bm7 G D A
More than watchmen wait for morning
I will wait for You, my God
In Your promise I will glory
All my hope is in Your love

Verse 2:
If you kept a record of
All our sinful ways
Who, O Lord, could stand to face Your glory
But full of mercy, rich in love
You have come to save
So in my weary bones I whisper, "worthy"

Bridge: Bm7 A/C# G Bm7 A
My soul waits for the break of day
You will surely come as the rising sun
Bm7 A/C# G A
My soul longs for the coming dawn
You will surely come to us

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Faithful One

I wrote this song a few weeks ago in response to a request from my pastor. He sent me a list of scriptures, revolving around the them of hope, which he'll be preaching on for the next few months, and he asked me to start writing songs! This one came originally from Psalm 147:11. As I thought about the verse, I wanted to write a song that was full of praise for the riches of God's love, his faithful, unfailing love. We can have such confidence in his love, knowing that He who was, who is and who is to come, is love, and will always look on us with love.

(the recording is in E, but I frequently play it in D when leading this song at church)
Chorus: D G D A (x2) Bm7 G D A Em7 G A
Faithful One
We will hope in Your unfailing love
From the rising to the setting sun
We will hope in Jesus' name
You have never failed us

Verse: D Em7 G A
Rich in Compassion, lavish in love
Hope of the nations, beautiful God
Full of new mercy day after day
You come to save me, Lamb who was slain

Bridge: Bm7 A/C# G
And for eternity we'll sing this song
Our God is love, Our God is love
The One who was and is and is to come
Our God is love, Our God is love
Em7 A
Our God is love Our God is love

Ending: Em7 G (x3) Em7 G A D...
You have never failed us
You have never failed us
You will never fail us
You will never fail us