by Matt Searles

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Jesus Christ is Lord, the glorious king who will reign forever! These truths, the heartbeat of the Bible, may be expressed simply enough for children to understand, but the Bible also delights to explore them with as much variety and depth and richness as possible lest we become cold-hearted to the glories of Christ, because we are bored with the same over-familiar descriptions of him.
The Royal Psalms and the ‘Lord is King’ Psalms speak of Christ’s matchless excellence, his just rule, his prosperous reign, his perfect character – painting in fresh colours our king in all his beauty. Through these settings of those (and other) psalms, may our hearts may be lifted to him, in renewed adoration of the one who will rule ‘from the river to the ends of the earth.’ (Ps 72:8)



released October 7, 2013

Tim O’Connor - vocals
Yvonne Lyon - vocals and backing vocals
Graeme Duffin - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, programming and backing vocals
Sandy Jones - programming, acoustic guitars, electric guitars and bass
David Lyon - acoustic guitars, piano, keys, accordion and bouzouki
Matt Searles - acoustic guitar and piano

Produced by Graeme Duffin, Sandy Jones and David Lyon
Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab
Mixed by Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones
Mastered by Graeme Duffin
Design by ninefootone creative
Original linocut print by Matt Searles
All songs written by Matt Searles


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Track Name: Be at rest (Psalm 116)
I love the LORD, he heard my voice
He heard my cry for mercy
Because he turned his ear to me
I call upon his name
The cords of death entangled me
The anguish of the grave

When sorrow overcame my soul
I cried “O LORD please save!”

You delivered my soul from death
My eyes from tears
My feet from stumbling, LORD
That I may walk before you, LORD my God
As long as I shall live

Oh how can I repay the LORD
For all the grace heʼs shown me?
Iʼll lift to him salvationʼs cup
And call upon his name
Iʼll speak of him with every breath
Iʼll do all I have promised

Iʼll trust him when affliction comes
And all men let me down

Be at rest O my soul

Be at rest once more

How precious in the sight of God:
The death of all his saints

Now I am one of them indeed
Youʼve freed my from my chains

Iʼll praise you for your righteousness
Your mercy and your grace
Iʼll gather with the church of God
And I will praise your name

Be at rest O my soul

Be at rest once more

Be at rest O my soul

For the LORD has been good to you
Track Name: Creator, sustainer (Psalm 104)
He wraps himself in light as with a garment
He stretches out the heavens like a tent
He set his heavenly palace on the waters
He rides his chariot upon the wind
He laid the earth on its foundations
At his rebuke the waters fled
The mighty seas were banished from our borders
They will not flood the earth again

Creator, sustainer
You’re robed in glorious splendour
O LORD how great you are

Bless the LORD, O my soul
Bless the LORD, O my soul

He makes the mountains flow with rushing torrents
And streams of living waters on the land
The LORD will make the earth produce a harvest
And bread and wine make glad the heart of man
He gave the moon to govern seasons
The sun to rise and set again
We live our lives beneath his careful guiding
Everything we have has come from him

Your mighty works display your perfect wisdom
The crashing seas display your glorious might
The creatures of the earth know your provision
Your Spirit is the one who gives us life
So may I live to please my maker
Let evil vanish from the earth
The glory of the LORD endures forever
And all my days I’ll sing his worth
Track Name: None like you (Psalm 113)
The LORD is over the nations
His glory reaches the skies
He watches over the heav’ns and earth
From his great throne on high

He lifts the poor from the ashes
And makes them eat with the King
He gives the lonely a family
And makes the sad to sing

Praise the LORD, praise his holy name
From break of dawn ’til darkness comes
Praise the LORD, praise his holy name
From break of dawn ’til darkness comes

O Jesus, there is none like you
O Jesus, there is none like you
Track Name: Mighty (Psalm 93)
LORD you reign in glorious light
Robed in majesty
You uphold the earth and sky
From your ageless throne

Your decrees are ever sure
Age to age they stand
Holiness adorns your courts
LORD, for endless days

Ruler of the ocean deep
You command the raging seas
LORD you are mighty
O LORD you are mighty

Storms may come and floods may rise
Be our refuge LORD most high
Track Name: Let the nations come (Psalm 67)
Be gracious to us Lord
And bless us from on high
Turn your face to shine on us
With beams of light divine

From shore to distant shore
May all men know your ways
May your gospel truth resound
In every tongue and race

Let the nations come
Let the nations come
Let them sing your praise
For you rule the world in righteousness

How we await the day –
The harvest yet to come
When we, with those from every land
Will gather round your throne
Track Name: Like deer in thirsty lands (Psalms 42&43)
Like deer in thirsty lands I yearn for you
Both day and night my tears have been my food
My soul cries out to you, draw near me Lord
And all day long men say ‘where is your God?’
And I remember now the days long gone
When I would gladly sing of all you’ve done
Why is my soul cast down, disturbed within?
Sing praise to God and put your hope in him

Awake my soul and sing

My heart is still cast down, I think of you
I feel a thousand miles from your great love
When deep it calls to deep and billows roll
Your waves and breakers overwhelm my soul
By day I know your love, at night I sing
O God my rock – have you forgotten me?
Why is my soul cast down, disturbed within?
Sing praise to God and put your hope in him

When enemies arise, Lord rescue me
And vindicate my name, my refuge be
Send forth your light and truth, to guide me home:
Your holy mountain, where you have your throne
Then I will sing to you, my heart’s delight
I gaze upon the place of sacrifice
Why is my soul cast down, disturbed within?
Sing praise to God and put your hope in him
Track Name: O King (Psalm 45)
O King, you are most worthy, of men you are the best
Your words are true and gracious, you are forever blessed
Take up your sword in splendour, ride forth in majesty
For justice and mercy and true humility
Your arrows pierce your enemies, you march across the land
The peoples and the nations against you cannot stand

Your throne will last forever, with justice you shall reign
You love all that is righteous and hate all evil gain
So God has richly blessed you with joy abundantly
Your robes are all fragrant, your courts are ivory
There princesses attend you, sweet music from of old
Your future queen awaits you arrayed in finest gold

O bride forsake all others, don’t give your love abroad
The king desires your beauty; so honour him your Lord
The gown he gives is glorious, the threads are twined with gold
In shimmering colours the envy of the world
A joyful crowd is with her, with gladness now they sing
And finally she enters the palace of the king

This king will reign forever, his sons upon the earth
And ev’ry generation will tell of his great worth
All nations will soon praise him and fall down at his feet
His kingdom established, where truth and mercy meet
O Jesus we adore you, our lover and our king
Your church, your bride is waiting and so to you we sing
Track Name: King and priest forever (Psalm 110)
The LORD said to my Lord
‘Sit at my right hand, sit at my right hand
Until I have placed all your enemies beneath:
A footstool for your feet’
Your mighty ruling word
Will conquer like a sword
Arrayed in holy splendour
Nations soon will gather
Proclaiming ‘Jesus Christ is Lord!’

Jesus, yours alone is the Kingdom
all the power belongs to you
Jesus, yours alone is the Kingdom
all the power belongs to you

The LORD made you a priest
To fully pay for sin, to fully pay for sin
A priest of royal line, who lives forevermore
And so our hope endures
A day of wrath draws nigh
When darkness clouds the sky
Salvation for your people
Triumph over evil
And then you will be lifted high

We fall down, we fall down before you, Lord

You are king and priest forever
You are king and priest forever
You are king and priest forever
You are God, you are Lord of all
Track Name: Holy (Psalm 99)
LORD, over the earth you reign
Let all the nations shake
Between the cherubim you’re enthroned
Great is the LORD in Zion
Our God is lifted high
Come and praise his great and awesome name

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
We lift him high, we lift him high
Holy, holy, holy is the King of Glory
He will reign forever

Our God is strong and just
He rules in righteousness
The LORD has always done what is good
No evil is found in him
So we exalt our King
Worship at the footstool of the LORD

You answered your people’s cry
When they called out to you
You spoke out of the cloud, you drew near
No sin is left unpaid
Still you remember grace
Praise the LORD upon his holy hill
Track Name: Let your kingdom come (Psalm 72)
Holy King, you are righteous and true
With justice you govern the world
Glory and majesty, power and honour are yours
You defend the afflicted and weak
You care for the fatherless children
Peace will abound when you sit as the king of the earth
Jesus Messiah, you are the light in the darkness
Prince of Peace, sorrow will flee when you come in power

Let your kingdom come
Let your kingdom come
Let your kingdom come

From the river to earth’s farthest bounds
Your kingdom will reach every shore
Glory and majesty, power and honour are yours
Soon all rulers will fall at your feet
And nations and lands bring you tribute
Every oppressor will tremble before your great wrath
Jesus Messiah, you are the hope of the needy
All the world, one day will gather around your throne

Blessed King you will reign evermore
Your splendour eclipses the sun
Glory and majesty, power and honour are yours
All the hills and the fields shall bear fruit
The mountains be mantled with barley
All of creation is longing for when you return
Jesus Messiah, you are the one who brings blessing
So we sing, sing hallelujah to you our King

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