Tumbling Sky - Psalms for Weary Souls

by Matt Searles

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1.
Lord hear my prayer In your righteousness Listen to my cry for mercy Bring me relief And end to my grief Saviour come quickly to me Do not bring me To your judgment seat For no-one is righteous before you All my hope is in you The enemy comes I’m crushed to the ground And I’m forced to dwell in the darkness My spirit grows faint My heart is dismayed Do not hide your face from me Lord Yet this I recall Your deeds from of old The works of salvation you’ve done How I thirst for you, Lord Now teach me to walk Before you my God Send forth your Spirit to lead me Give life to my soul For your great name’s sake Do not let evil hold sway In your steadfast love Destroy all my foes Deliver me Lord in your righteousness I will live for you Lord © Matt Searles 2016
2.
Saviour God, I cry to you With tears both night and day Turn your ear towards me Lord And hear me when I pray Troubles rise within my soul My life draws near the grave All my strength has ebbed away No health in me remains Tis you O Lord, have cast me down Beneath the stormy sea I cry out, but none shall hear My eyes are dim with grief What gain if I should fade and die? Can shadows bring you praise? Who can know your faithfulness When they lie in the grave? But I, O Lord, cry out to you When dawn sends forth its rays Why do you hide your face from me And turn my soul away? For many years beneath your hand My sorrows know no end None have I to share my grief But darkness my closest friend © Matt Searles 2016
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How long O Lord will you forget me? How long O Lord will you hide your face away? How long O Lord must anxious thoughts arise in me? And all the day have sorrow in my heart? Consider me - give me an answer Lord Light up my eyes, or my soul will sleep in death My enemies threaten me on ev’ry side And they rejoice every time I fall But I will trust your steadfast love Your grace and mercy shown to me My soul will sing to you my Lord For I know you have been good to me © Matt Searles 2016
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The Lord’s my shepherd Nothing shall I lack, or need He bids my soul rest In the pastures wide and green Saviour shepherd me Saviour shepherd me His grace restores me I walk in paths of righteousness And for His glory My king will keep me till the end You are all I need Jesus all I need Your love and mercy follow me Til I feast at the table of the King And in the shadow When all my path’s too dark to see My Lord is with me His rod and staff will comfort me Saviour shepherd me Saviour shepherd me You are all I need Jesus all I need Your love and mercy follow me Til I feast at the table of the King Saviour shepherd me Saviour shepherd me © Matt Searles 2016
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Saviour you are my God I seek you with all of my heart My body and soul cry out for you I’ll praise you as long as I live With every breath that you give I will lift up my hands to you You satisfy my soul I have seen you in the sanctuary And known your power, beheld your glory Your love is greater than anything This life could give or world afford me I think of you in the night With terrors on every side I’m safe in the shadow of your wings No enemy could stand Before your mighty hand Soon you will crush the evil one Beneath our feet And when my faith is weak, strong arms hold me I fear my feet may slip, your right arm holds me fast © Matt Searles 2016
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O God our rock, our strong defence Our hiding place, in ev’ry trial Though mountains fall, and oceans roar Nothing shall I fear, nothing shall I fear Nothing shall I fear O Lord A river flows, beneath your throne Within these walls, we stand secure You lift your voice, the nations fade Soon you will return, soon you will return Soon you will return to save Our God, fortress for the weak Help in time of need Strong deliverer Our God, with us in the storm With us evermore Mighty Lord of all Come now behold, the deeds of God His reign of peace in all the earth He breaks the bow, an end to war Be still before the Lord, be still before the Lord Be still before the Lord most high © Matt Searles 2016
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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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Have mercy on me Lord You’re my strength in every trial You’re my shelter from the storm Have mercy on me Lord I will sing beneath the shadow Of your strong and mighty wings Though I lie down amongst the lions You are there Though I may walk through the fire I’ll not be harmed Be exalted Lord Let your glory fill the earth Be exalted Lord Let your glory fill the earth, fill the earth When darkness closes in And my enemies surround me You will send your love and grace Awake my soul I will praise your great salvation With a song I’ll wake the dawn Your love is high above the heavens It fills the sky I’ll sing your praise among the nations Lord most high © Matt Searles 2016
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My soul finds rest in God alone Salvation comes from him my rock My one defence against the foe He holds me firm no more to fall How long O men will you attack And break me down, and crush my soul Their words are sweet but in their hearts They feed on lies and curse the Lord Find rest my soul in God alone The source of all my joy and hope My one defence against the foe He holds me firm no more to fall The Lord most high sustains my life A place of peace amidst the waves O put your trust in God our rock Pour out your hearts and know his grace How frail is man, just like a breath Both rich and poor arise and fall When wealth may come, preserve your hearts Don’t set your hope on earthly gold One thing O Lord you said to me That you are good and you are strong You will reward to every man According to the things we’ve done © Matt Searles 2016
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With all my heart I’ll praise you Joining with the angels I will sing You heard my cry for mercy From the depths you saved me, made me bold Let all the earth adore you Every King and nation, shout your name You look upon the lowly From your throne of glory, you stoop down Though I may walk through trouble Your right hand will save me from all harm Your love endures forever Saviour you will lead me, bring me home © Matt Searles 2016

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In a society uncomfortable with brokenness and suffering, and in a church culture where struggles and doubts may not always seem welcome, the psalms are a precious gift, as God gives us words to pray to him in all seasons of life.

The psalms teach us authentic spirituality – that brokenness is not a sign of spiritual failure, that sadness is not a denial of the gospel, that tears are not incompatible with the hope of resurrection we have in Christ.

Jesus doesn’t say ‘Come to me you who are happy, come to me you who have everything sorted out, come to me you who have all your questions answered.’ Jesus says ‘Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.’

My prayer for this album, and for the accompanying devotions, is that these psalms will help us engage with God in times of trial, and come to Jesus Christ who gives rest to weary souls.

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released June 10, 2016

Produced by Matt Searles
Co-produced by Joel Sczebel and Jamie Masters
Recorded at Echo Studios, Buckingham, UK
Engineered by Jamie Masters
Additional recording:
Jacob Bozarth at Resonate Recordings, Louisville, KY
Grace Nixon at Sovereign Grace Studio, Louisville, KY
Sam Dyson at Free House Studios, Bristol, UK

Mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern
Additional mixing by Matt Dennis
Design by Ben Clube
Album promotion video by Quirky Motion

Acoustic/electric guitars: Joel Sczebel
Acoustic/electric guitars: Phil Short
Keys/Hammond/Rhodes/Organ: Jonatan Barahona
Drums: Ross Garrod
Bass: Si Short
Cello: Bethany Payne
Fiddle: Colin Hall

Vocals: Whitney Bozarth (tracks 1 & 7), Sarah Grayshon (2 & 10), Rebekah Tubbs (3 & 9), Liv Chapman (4), Alanna Glover (5 & 8), Rebecca Elliott (6)
Backing vocals: Whitney Bozarth, Jonatan Barahona, Alanna Glover, Liv Chapman, Stella Vassiliou, Cat Hartley, Micah Coston, Matt Lloyd, Matt Searles

All words by Matt Searles. All tunes by Matt Searles apart from ‘Darkness’ (trad. tune adapted by Joel Sczebel), ‘My soul finds rest’ (trad. tune) and ‘With all my heart’ (trad. tune).

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