Wes Crawford - I Love the Lord (Psalm 116)

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Words: Anne Steele (Psalm 116)
Music: Wes Crawford (Redeemer Fellowship, Kansas City)

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I love the Lord; his gracious ear
C
Inclined and listened to my prayer;
G
He heard my supplicating voice,
Bm G
And bade my fainting soul rejoice.
G
For this, when darkest sorrows rise,
C
To him will I direct my cries;
G
For this, through all my future days,
Bm
Adore his name and sing his praise.
Em
Death spread around his fatal chains,
A7
To drag me to infernal pains;
C
I felt the agonizing dart,
Cm G
And horror seized my trembling heart.
2
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‘Twas then in my extreme distress,
C
I called upon the God of grace,
G
Whose power can death and hell control,
Bm G
“Lord, I beseech thee, save my soul!”
G
For ever gracious is the Lord,
C
For ever faithful to his word;
G
By sweet experience now I prove
Bm
His mercy, his unchanging love.
Em
The Lord preserves with tender care
A7
The weak, the humble, and sincere;
C
Low in the dust my hopes were laid,
Cm G
But God appeared with timely aid.
3
G
Return, my soul, and sweetly rest
C
On thy almighty Father’s breast;
G
The bounties of his grace adore,
Bm
And count his wondrous mercies o’er.
G
Thy mercy, Lord, preserved my breath,
C
And snatched my fainting soul from
death,
G
Removed my sorrows, dried my tears,
Bm
And saved me from surrounding snares.
Em
Now will I walk before the Lord,
A7
A living witness to his word;
C
With faith and prayer I sought his face;
Cm
My griefs were great, and great his
G
grace.
4
G
No meaner help, no mortal art,
C
Could ease the anguish of my heart;
G
My hasty tongue, in rash replies,
Bm G
Pronounced the words of men but lies.
G
What shall I render to the Lord,
C
Or how his wondrous grace record?
G
To him my grateful voice I’ll raise
Bm
And pour libations to his praise.
Em
His crowded courts shall see me pay
A7
The vows of my distressful day;
C
In life and death the saints shall find
Cm G
Their guardian God for ever kind.
5
G
Thy servant, Lord, is wholly thine,
C
By nature’s ties, and bonds divine;
G
From deep distress and sorrows free,
Bm G
Anew I give myself to thee.
G
To thee, with sacrifice of praise,
C
My invocations I will raise;
G
To thee my vows shall warm ascend,
Bm
While crowds the solemn rites attend.
Em
O Salem, in thy sacred courts,
A7
Where glory dwells and joy resorts,
C
To notes divine I’ll tune the song,
Cm G
And praise shall flow from every tongue.

credits

from Hallel Psalms, released March 9, 2013
Words: Anne Steele
Music: Wes Crawford (Redeemer Fellowship, Kansas City)
(c) Wes Crawford, 2013
www.redeemerkansascity.org

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