now and not yet

by Matt Searles

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Hear my cry O God and answer me Listen to my prayer From the ends of earth I call to you As my heart grows faint Lord you are my refuge You are my strong tower Lead me to the rock Lead me to the rock That is higher than I Lead me to the rock Lead me to the rock That is higher than I Lord I long to dwell within your house Stay forever more I take refuge underneath your wings You have heard my prayer You are my inheritance For I fear you Lord May the life you give the King be long Give him many years May he rule the world eternally With your love and truth Then will I sing praise to you And fulfil my vows © Matt Searles
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When the LORD restored our fortunes We were men who dreamed Then our mouths were filled with laughter And with songs to sing It was said among the nations “God has favoured them” Yes the LORD our God did great things for us Joy was ours again We sow in tears, we reap with joy We sow in tears, we reap with joy We sow in tears, we reap with joy The way of Jesus Now restore our fortunes LORD Like a desert stream He who sows in tears of sorrow Joyfully will reap He who goes out while he’s weeping With his seed to sow Will return with songs of joy Bringing harvest home We sow in tears, we reap with joy We sow in tears, we reap with joy We sow in tears, we reap with joy The way of Jesus We set our eyes on joys unseen We’re called to die before we live We sow in tears, we reap with joy The way of Jesus Yes the LORD did great things for us Joy will be ours again © Matt Searles and Miriam Jones
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The Lord’s my light and my salvation Whom shall I fear? The Lord’s the stronghold of my life I won’t be afraid When men attack me and pursue me They all will fall And though an army camps against me I will trust in him I will see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living I will see the goodness of the Lord Be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord One thing I ask now from the Lord To dwell with him To gaze forever on his beauty And never leave For in all trouble he will keep me Safe in his arms Then he will lift me, so I’ll praise him He is my rock O hear my voice, Lord, when I call And answer me My heart says “I will seek your face” Don’t turn away Lord don’t reject me or forsake me Though others do Teach me your ways and lead me onward Lord bring me home © Matt Searles
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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 O how can I repay the Lord For all the grace he’s shown me? I’ll lift to him salvation’s cup And call upon his name I’ll speak of him with every breath I’ll do all I have promised I’ll trust him when affliction comes And all men let me down How precious in the sight of God The death of all his saints Now I am one of them indeed You’ve freed my from my chains I’ll praise you for your righteousness Your mercy and your grace I’ll 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 © Matt Searles
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To you I call O Lord my rock Do not be deaf to me For if I do not hear your voice I’ll sink into the grave Oh hear my cry for mercy I call to you for aid I lift my hands towards you Lord Towards your dwelling place You are our fortress, Lord Mighty and strong to save You are our shepherd Carry us in your arms Carry us in your arms Carry us in your arms O Lord Don’t treat me like your enemies Who turn to evil deeds Who harbour malice in their hearts But with their lips speak peace Bring back on them what they deserve Let no sin go unpaid Yet I myself have unclean hands I fall upon your grace All praise to God who heard my cry For grace in time of need The Lord’s my strength and mighty shield My soul will trust in him My heart exalts and sings for joy I will give thanks to him He rules with justice and with grace Through his anointed king © Matt Searles
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O Lord, you are my refuge O Lord, my only good thing I love all of your people, they’re my delight Oh how I know, sorrows will increase For those who turn from you I won’t join in their worship, in their lies You have made known the path of life Fullness of joy in your presence Pleasures eternal at your right hand Its where I want to be, its where I want to be O Lord, you are my portion All I have, your have ordained it The boundary lines have fallen well for me All that you give, I will delight in You teach me your ways The Lord is at my side, I will not be moved O Lord, you hold my future O Lord, you fill me with gladness My heart and soul and body are safe with you I am secure, never abandoned I will not fear the grave You will not let your holy one decay © Matt Searles
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LORD from the depths I call to you LORD hear me from on high Give attention to my voice When I for mercy cry When I for mercy cry LORD in your presence who can stand If you our sins record? Yet forgiveness is with you That we may fear you LORD That we may fear you LORD I wait - my soul waits - for the LORD My hope is in his word More than watchmen wait for dawn My soul waits for the Lord My soul waits for the Lord O Israel put your hope in God For mercy is with him Full redemption - from their sins His people he'll redeem His people he'll redeem Words from Sing Psalms © Free Church of Scotland Psalmody Committee (2003), used with permission. Music © Matt Searles
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In every circumstance I’ll praise Even when I am weak and poor Affliction will not close my mouth Let us exalt the Lord In my distress the Lord was good From trouble I was saved The angel of the Lord encamps Round all who fear his name Oh taste and see Our God is good Oh taste and see his grace Come fear the Lord Find your rest in him Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing If you love life and want good days Then keep your tongue from speaking lies Turn back from evil and do good Seek peace instead of strife The eyes of God are on his saints His ears will hear their call But he will banish evil men The wicked all will fall When brokenhearted and oppressed God promises he will be near The righteous man has many trials But God is quick to hear He will not let them break his bones He will redeem his life God is a refuge for his sons He lifts them all on high © Matt Searles
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Weeping is only for a night Weeping is only for a night In the morning we rejoice I will exalt you Lord, you lifted me You’ve not abandoned me to my enemies I called upon your name You healed me in your grace You spared my life from going to the grave When Lord you favoured me I felt secure But when you hid your face, I was dismayed Your anger will not last It is in a moment passed But your favour for a lifetime will remain © Matt Searles
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I lift up my eyes to the hills Where am I to look for my aid? My help comes to me from the LORD By whom earth and heaven were made Your foot he will not leave to slide His watch over you he will keep The LORD over Israel keeps watch And he will not slumber or sleep The LORD will keep watch over you Your shade from the heat and the light The sun will not harm you by day The moon will not harm you by night The LORD will protect you from harm Your life he will ever defend He’ll guard you in every step you take And he will be with you ‘til the end Words from Sing Psalms © Free Church of Scotland Psalmody Committee (2003), used with permission. Music © Matt Searles
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The sands of time are sinking The dawn of heaven breaks The summer morn I've sighed for The fair sweet morn awakes So dark has been the midnight But dayspring is at hand And glory, glory dwells within Immanuel's land Oh Christ he is the fountain The deep sweet well of love The streams on earth I've tasted More deep I'll drink above There to an ocean fulness His mercy will expand And glory, glory dwells within Immanuel's land The bride eyes not her garment But her dear bridegroom's face I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace Not at the crown he gives us But on his nail-pierced hand The lamb is all the glory of Immanuel's land Oh I am my beloved's And my beloved is mine He brings a poor vile sinner Into his house of wine I stand upon his merit I know no other stand To him be all the glory in Immanuel's land Words by Anne Ross Cousin (1824-1906) Music © Matt Searles

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We need the psalms. Not only does God graciously reveal himself to us in his word, but he also gives us vocabulary to express our experience of him. The psalms speak of joy, confidence, celebration and praise, but also despair, grief, questioning and doubt. Rather than deny these feelings, our loving Father tells us to bring them all to him. The psalms are the words he gives us to do this.
The psalms speak of the great joy there is in this life in following the Lord, but also the fact that we await the new heavens and earth before we’ll fully experience all the blessings that are ours in Christ. In short, the psalms speak of what is now and not yet.

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released October 1, 2011

In memory of Rosie Searles (1949-2010)
Proceeds from the sale of this album will be given to
Christianity Expored (www.christianityexplored.org),
a cause to which Rosie was so committed in the final
few years of her life.

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