Watches of the Night

by Matt Searles

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'I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.' (Ps 130 NIV)

Christian believers are like watchmen, longing to see the first rays of dawn. We long for the darkness of this world to be finally taken away, and the light of Christ to rise in all its splendour.

This album is intended to help us as we wait; to lament the brokenness of this world, but to look to the riches of that which is to come. It is an album of longing, but also of profound hope.
Light has dawned. Christ has been raised. But we await the full revelation of him in glory. We are still watchmen. Still waiting.

This is not a loud album. It is one I hope you might be able to listen to if you lie awake unable to sleep, as I so often find the case. I pray it is an album that might help you - like David in Ps 63:6 - to meditate on God in the watches of the night. An album that will orient you to the future, and help you increasingly be someone whose mind is set on the city that is to come. Songs to help you fix your eyes on Christ, and long above all else for his return when we see him face to face.

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released October 16, 2018

Produced by Matt Searles. Additional production and vocal arrangements by Jonatan Barahona.

Lead vocals: Rebecca Elliott, Janice Cowherd, McKenzie Fuller, Adrian Mathenia, Rebekah Tubbs
Backing vocals: Jonatan Barahona, Janice Cowherd, Rebecca Elliott, Katasha Ross, Trent Wong, Carrie Mulvey

Piano: Jonatan Barahona, Rebecca Elliott (track 1), Matt Searles (track 6)
Hammond, Rhodes: Jonatan Barahona
Acoustic Guitar: Adrian Mathenia
Electric Guitars: Joel Sczebel, Jason Wilbur
Bass: Jamie Stewart
Violin: Andrea Hammond
Synth: Dave Tubbs

Engineered by Paul Mahern at Primary Sound Studios, Bloomington, IN.
Additional recording by Jamie Masters, Adrian Mathenia, Jacob Bozarth, Wil Pearce and Grace Nixon
Editing by Jamie Masters
Mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern

Artwork and design by Ben Clube

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Track Name: I Will Wait
To you O Lord I lift my soul
In deep distress I cry
I need your mercy every hour
O hear me from on high

V2
If you O Lord should mark our sins
Who could before you stand
forgiveness comes from you alone
And mercy from your hand

CHORUS
I will wait for you
I will wait my Lord
I will wait for you
More than watchmen for the dawn
More than watchmen for the dawn

V3
Come put your trust in God alone
His mercy never fails
Redemption's light has dawned on us
Behold the coming day
Track Name: The Mercies of Christ
v1 God of all comfort be near us we pray
When sorrow is rising and hope falls away
We lift up our voices, and boldly we cry:
Come bind up our hearts, Lord, with the mercies of Christ

v2 God of compassion we bring you our tears
Give ear to our groaning and quiet our fears
Draw near in our darkness and show us your light
And banish the shadow with the mercies of Christ

v3 God of the nail-wounds, our griefs you have known
You entered our weakness, the cross was your throne
You stepped down from heaven to lift us on high
How tender, how mighty are the mercies of Christ

v4 God of all glory, whom angels still praise
Your goodness will follow us all of our days
We look for the morning when dawn lights the sky
And death is defeated by the mercies of Christ
Track Name: We Cast Ourselves on You
We cast ourselves on You, oh God
Lord, where else can we go?
All earthly wealth we count as loss
For we have seen and known
The height and depth of steadfast love
That lifted us from hell
That bought us with atoning blood
And made our spirits well

Ch
I will rest, I will rest, In your everlasting arms

V2
We cast ourselves on you, oh God
When trials and sorrows rage
Until the night breaks with the dawn
As watchmen we will wait
For through the fires of suffering
We’re kept in Your embrace
And from the ashes You will bring
Bright trophies of Your grace

V3
We cast ourselves on You, oh God
Good Shepherd of our souls
The love that bore our curse and cross
Will lead us to Your throne
When grief is gone and tears are dried
And all is made anew
That day our faith gives way to sight
We’ll cast ourselves on you
Track Name: In Tenderness
Verse 1
In tenderness he sought me
So weak and sick with sin
And on his shoulder brought me
Into his flock again
While angels in his presence sang
Until the courts of heaven rang

CHORUS

Oh the love that sought me
Oh the blood that bought me
Wondrous grace that brought me home to God

Verse 2
He called this needy sinner
He spoke his words of life
He whispered to assure me
I found thee, thou art mine
I never heard a sweeter voice
It made my aching heart rejoice

Verse 3
His grace I’ll daily ponder
And tell of his great love
Yet deeper, brighter, purer
I’ll know these things above
It seems as if eternal days
Are far too short to sing his praise
Track Name: We Have Been Called to the Feast
We have been called to the feast
To come without money and eat
‪There’s strength for the weary and hope for the poor
Here at your table, O Lord

2. We’re welcomed with arms open wide
You feed us with bread and with wine
Your mercy is seen and your promise is heard
Here at your table, O Lord

CH.
Blessed are all
You have called to the table
The lost and least
Will taste and see
You are faithful, forever faithful


3. The wolf will lie down with the lamb
Your ​glory will cover the land
​We taste of your goodness, the riches in store
Here at your table, O Lord
Track Name: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
How lovely is your dwelling place
O Lord of hosts to me
My heart cries out and even faints
The courts of God to see
The sparrow finds a place to nest
Beside your throne of grace
Oh how I long to find my rest
And dwell with you always

A pilgrim now for all my days
My gaze is set above
The desert blooms with autumn rains
You bless the ones you love
Your people go from strength to strength
Until we see your face
Your eyes are turned to us in love
You hear us when we pray

I'd rather live for just one day
And gaze upon my Lord
Than spend a lifetime far away
From where your praise is heard
There's no good thing you will withhold
For those who follow you
O Lord my sun and mighty shield
My soul will trust in you
Track Name: Have Mercy Lord
How Long O Lord will violence fill our land?
And people war against their fellow man?
Break down the walls of hatred and pride
Let justice like a flowing stream arise
Have mercy Lord! Dispel the deeds of night
And shine on us your saviour’s light

How long O Lord will nations rage in vain?
And rise against your sovereign rule of grace?
How long will Jesus Christ be denied
Until his coming brightens all the sky?
Have mercy Lord, til Christ returns as king
And treads all evil underneath his feet.


How long O Lord will those who love your name
Be silent when this world is filled with pain?
Give us the grace to speak your truth
And answer every evil deed with good
Have mercy Lord! Our hope is in your word
Send out your gospel truth in all the earth
Track Name: You Will Restore My Soul
V1
Long have I wandered here in this wilderness so dry
God incline your ear to my cry
Through the darkest night you will not forsake me
Even when I fall you uphold me

Ch.
And I will wait for the Lord
More than those who wait for the dawn
You will restore my soul
You will restore my soul
You satisfy me with your love
My cup it overflows
You will restore my soul

V.2
Gladly I fix my gaze on the city that’s to come
I will lift my eyes to things above
Pleasures evermore, and joy at your right hand
Gathered round the throne of the lamb

Bridge
You lead me by quiet waters
I will lay down in green pastures
Track Name: He Watches Over You
​I lift up my eyes to the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes to me from
The maker of heaven and earth

He'll not let your foot be moved
The Lord will sustain your life
The sun will not harm you
He'll keep you from the terrors of night

CH
He watches over you
The shade at your right hand
He watches over you
From this time forth and forevermore

v3
The Lord is my strength and song
From now until end of days
The Lord goes before me
I’m walking in paths of grace
Track Name: In Peace
In peace I lay down and sleep
In peace I lay down and sleep
You alone O Lord, make me dwell secure
In peace I lay down and sleep


Come to him weary soul, find your rest
Come to him, weary soul, find your rest
Lay your burden down at the foot of the cross
Come to him weary soul, find your rest
Track Name: Hold Your Cross Ever Before Me (bonus live acoustic)
Hold Your cross ever before me,
May it drive me to my knees,
I confess my sin and folly,
Lay my pride at Calvary.
Who could face divine displeasure?
Who could bear the deadly weight?
This my plea: the blood of Jesus,
Lamb of God for sinners slain.


Hold Your cross ever before me,
Let it lift me to my feet,
Let Your glorious wounds assure me,
Here from sin, I stand redeemed.
You have called me Your beloved,
You have named me as Your own,
In each blessing, in each trial,
Nothing good will You withhold.


Hold Your cross ever before me,
As I walk the narrow way,
As I lay down earthly glory,
Give me strength for every day.
All I have I give to Jesus,
He himself is my reward
There is blessing in his service
Poor in spirit, rich in God


Hold Your cross ever before me,
Herald of the conquered grave,
For the joy now set before me,
I will run and not grow faint.
I will fix my eyes on Jesus,
I will trust in Christ alone,
Till He lifts me up to glory,
Till my Savior calls me home!

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