Watches of the Night

by Matt Searles

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1.
I Will Wait 03:56
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
​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
10.
In Peace 03:36
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
11.
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!
12.
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 Arrangement by Matt Searles and Jonatan Barahona

about

'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.

credits

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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