Stand

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I stand to praise You,
My tongue to sing Your Word,
I close – my eyes to worship.

My heart burns within me,
Voices of joy are raised,
Echoes – for Your glory.

Lips of sinners saved,
Our voices are raised…

Stand and praise Him all the nations,
Praise the King of Heaven,
Worthy is His name,
Worthy is His name,

Sing the song of our Salvation,
To the One who saved us,
Worthy is His name,
Worthy is His name.

I stand under Grace,
Freed from the wrath deserved,
I long – to see Your face.

When I will stand,
Before Your judgment throne,
I’ll kneel – like every man.

With hope in Christ alone,
Redeemed as His own…

Stand up and praise Him,
Stand up and praise Him,
Stand up and praise Him,
He is the Lord.

Behind the lines

Co-written with Shane Jackson.

My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. (Psalm 119:171-172 ESV)

Sad Song of Lament

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Tears have been my portion,
Feeding me night and day,
They keep saying, “Where is your God?”
Then their words melt away.

Sighs have kept me breathing,
Filling my lungs with fear,
As they whisper, “Where is your God?”
Yes, why is He not here?

Soul, where is your Hope found?
Oh, why are you cast down?
Why do you wrestle with worry?
Soul, is He not worthy?

Tears taunt me, “Hope is drowned”,
Crushed under their great waves,
God, why have you forgotten me?
Will You not come to save?

Sighs tell me, “keep mourning,”
As I struggle to breathe,
God, why have you forgotten me?
When will all my fears leave?

Soul, where is your Hope found?
Oh, why are you cast down?
Why do you wrestle with worry?
Soul, is He not worthy?

Lord, send Your light of truth,
Lift praises up from me,
Come shout news of exceeding joy,
My only Hope is Thee.

Behind the lines

Based on Psalms 42 & 43, this song reminds us the Christian life is not always happy and joyful with a Sunday best smile. We will have times where we feel distant from God. There will be days of tears, sadness, depression, and grief.

Even when overwhelmed by our circumstances, even when we feel a great distance from God, He is still there. Remember what Christ has done, remember the gospel. Remember Romans 8:28. Remember these Psalms for He is our only Hope. He is our Salvation!

An interesting note:  These two Psalms are actually two halves of a single Psalm and many early manuscripts put them together.  This is evident in the common refrain that unites them (42:5, 11, & 43:5):

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God. (ESV)

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