The Depth of Worship (vol. 1)

by Robert Austell

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about

The album began as a collection of contemporized hymns, most of which are early on in the album. As original songs were added and organized, a theme emerged of journeying home. Like the father in the prodigal son parable, the songs reflect the persistent, merciful, gracious, and abundant love of God for His children, even when they are far from home. The song lyrics move from the nearness of worship at the beginning to the presence of God during the wandering, to the joyful return to a loving Father's welcome. While we hope the hymns are useful in worship, we also hope the album as a whole will offer an opportunity to reflect on God's extravagant love that welcomes even the most prodigal wanderer home.

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released August 17, 2016

Violin on "How Can it Be" and "Home Together" by Rebecca Stevens.

Background vocals throughout by members of the Good Shepherd worship team: Mike Slade, Katie Meeks, J.K.

All other instruments, lead vocal, mixing, and mastering by Robert Austell.

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Robert Austell Charlotte, North Carolina

Robert Austell is a husband, father of 3 daughters, and pastor. He's also a life-long musician, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is also conference worship leader and speaker who loves leading people in the worship of God.

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Track Name: All Creatures (Give Glory)
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!

Give glory! God is One, is Three… Is Love from all eternity.
God is our dear Father! God is our dear Father!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest us both warmth and light,
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!

In time, to heal us from within, He took, Himself, our bone and skin.
God is the beloved Son! God is the beloved Son!

And everyone of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part.
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!

Poured out now, He in hearts made well,
In sons and daughters deigns to dwell
God is Holy Spirit! God is Holy Spirit!

To Father, Son, and Spirit, God
Give glory, then, great glory!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness.
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!

O sing ye! Oh praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Track Name: Come Thou Fount (We'll Feast)
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, Mount of God's unchanging love!

We’ll feast… on grace abundant
Drink deep… from Spirit-streams
Your love… pours out in fountains
By your light, your light we’ll see.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.

We’ll feast… on grace abundant
Drink deep… from Spirit-streams
Your love… pours out in fountains
By your light, your light we’ll see.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.

We’ll feast… on grace abundant
Drink deep… from Spirit-streams
Your love… pours out in fountains
By your light, your light we’ll see.

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, Mount of God's unchanging love!
Track Name: We Lift Our Hearts
Lift! We lift our hearts, loud voices raise.
We open our souls to sound forth God’s praise.

Sails catching wind upon the sea,
Pull the ship to distant lands.
Moonlight flashing silver in waves,
Midnight glory crashing on sands.

Lift! We lift our hearts, loud voices raise.
We open our souls to sound forth God’s praise.

Leaves rolling soft down endless air,
Their final descent in autumn’s breeze.
Hawks gliding high in sunlit flames,
Over mountain gorge and blazing trees.

Lift! We lift our hearts, loud voices raise.
We open our souls to sound forth God’s praise.

Love’s twirling dance, in music unheard,
The way of a woman with a man,
From blush of youth to withered age,
Lives are built upon two clasping hands.

You are the source, the bounteous High King.
From you, Jesus – for you Lord, are all things.

Voice sounding small, at midnight so still.
Heart-music lilts a song of peace.
“Abba, Father!” Spirit cries.
Our prayers of thanks will never cease.

Lift! We lift our hearts, loud voices raise.
We open our souls to sound forth God’s praise.

Lift! We lift our hearts, loud voices raise.
We open our souls to sound forth God’s praise.
Track Name: Of the Father's Love (Love Shines)
Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

Love shines with glory, shines with light
Has pierced the sin-dark shroud of night
O come you lost, who long for home
Obey the Son, the faithful One,
Begotten of the Father's love.

O ye heights of heav'n adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Power, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent
Evey voice in concert ring, evermore and evermore!

Love shines with glory, shines with light
Has pierced the sin-dark shroud of night
O come you lost, who long for home
Obey the Son, the faithful One,
Begotten of the Father's love.

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unwearied praises be.
Honor, glory, and dominion
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

Love shines with glory, shines with light
Has pierced the sin-dark shroud of night
O come you lost, who long for home
Obey the Son, the faithful One,
Begotten of the Father's love.

Love shines with glory, shines with light
Has pierced the sin-dark shroud of night
O come you lost, who long for home
Obey the Son, the faithful One,
Begotten of the Father's love.
Track Name: How Can It Be?
How can it be that I would take
Interest in Jesus’ death?
Even when he died for me –
The one who put him there to die

Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my God, would die for me!

Who would have thought that God could die?
Who could even understand?
Even the angels shook their heads
No one could ever comprehend.

Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my God, would die for me!

When Jesus left Heaven above
A free and boundless gift of love
Given to us, a helpless race
Searching me out so I could see God’s face.

Never will I now fear to die
Jesus and life with him are mine
Free from those chains I stand released
Amazed by this love God’s given to me.

Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my God, would die for …
Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my God, would die for me!
Track Name: Remembering One
Worn and weary, tossed and torn
New sorrow and sadness, this morning born
Crying out in desperation, do you see?
This broken child, Lord, remember me

Remember hope, my portion be
Remember love, and help me see
Your mercies new each morning come
You’re faithful… graceful… hopeful, remembering one.

My soul remembers there was a time
When love’s new fragrance sweet and fine
Charged me, changed me, challenging – then, in need
So come again, Lord, remember me.

Restore us to you, O Lord.
Remember, renew our broken places.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul
The Lord is good; He makes me whole
Hoping, waiting, silently, Lord will you be?
Remembering Lord, remember me.

Remember hope, my portion be
Remember love, and help me see
Your mercies new each morning come
You’re faithful… graceful… hopeful, remembering one.

Remember hope, my portion be
Remember love, and help me see
Your mercies new each morning come
You’re faithful… graceful… hopeful,
Faithful… graceful… hopeful
Faithful… graceful… hopeful
Remembering one.
Track Name: Heart Set Free
Bound and tied by ropes of pain
Heart’s hands in place remain
Dried and parched, as captives are
I need a drink of care.

Savior of the heart set free
Pour your gracious love on me
Loving Lord of life and will
Hold me close, my heart to fill.

Life is mine, its will divine,
But that road ends in death.
I need your love and tender grace
To see you face to face.

Savior of the heart set free
Pour your gracious love on me
Loving Lord of life and will
Hold me close, my heart to fill.

Flowing waters, gracing me
Rush on down, rush on down… cleansing me

Savior of the heart set free
Pour your gracious love on me
Loving Lord of life and will
Hold me close, my heart to fill.

Savior of the heart set free
Pour your gracious love on me
Loving Lord of life and will
Hold me close, my heart to fill.
Track Name: Run On
Come with me… and talk with me
Hold my hand… and walk with me
There are dangers unseen
Highs and lows and in-betweens
I just know that I’m lost here alone…

I run on… Beyond the breach
Of frozen fears and broken tears
I run on… Through the pass
And the press and the dark that lasts
I run on… It’s a race that can’t be run alone
So with your hand in mine… I run on.

Stay awhile… and linger here
Maybe I’ll… remember where
There are dangers unseen
Highs and lows and in-betweens
I just know that I’m lost here alone…

I run on… Beyond the breach
Of frozen fears and broken tears
I run on… Through the pass
And the press and the dark that lasts
I run on… It’s a race that can’t be run alone
So with your hand in mine… I run on.

Run ahead or fall behind; Wander off or be unkind
Know that I’m lost without you
And hoping you might be lost without me, too

I run on… Beyond the breach
Of frozen fears and broken tears
I run on… Through the pass
And the press and the dark that lasts
I run on… It’s a race that can’t be run alone
So with your hand in mine… I run on. [repeat]
Track Name: Yet You Come
distant, I stand
aware of your grace
…resistant
distant, I feel
nothing of your home
…isolated

and yet you come
foolishly running
bounding and leaping
heart in your eyes
onward you come
though i duck in shadows
you catch me so gently
every time you come

silent, i fall
rejecting your rescue
…independent
silent, i turn
exposing my need
…so helpless

come rescue me, lord; i need your help badly
come grace me again, i want to come home

and yet you come
foolishly running
bounding and leaping
heart in your eyes
onward you come
though i duck in shadows
you catch me so gently
every time you come
[repeat chorus]
Track Name: Home Together
She sits awake, dark and alone
Surrounded by things, heart hardened to stone
(The) memories won't fade, their bitter wounds live
(All) she wants is love, to cherish and give

Home forever, home for life
Home together, together with Christ
A Father's gracious love was born
A Father's loving heart was torn
So we could be…home together.

All his friends seem to come for the fun
But open up his heart and there's not even one
(Who) cares that he hurts, (that he) cries, that he's dying
(From a) black guilt that rages just beneath "I'm fine"

Blinded and lost, cast out and alone
Our hope in the night - that we might see home

Home forever, home for life
Home together, together with Christ
A Father's gracious love was born
A Father's loving heart was torn
So we could be…home together.

(A) young boy is now gray, surrounded and loved
By family and friends, each a life that he's touched
His body is weak, his spirit is strong
His thoughts turn to Heaven, to the promise of God

Home forever, home for life
Home together, together with Christ
A Father's gracious love was born
A Father's loving heart was torn
So we could be…home together.
Track Name: Perfect Love
Love that binds… it gives, is always kind
Love that laughs… it sees the better half
Love hopes and protects; it even corrects
Love trusts and forgives; it holds on and lives
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)

Say what you may
Know all there is
Give all you can
You’ve got to get this

Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)

Share what you can
Seek to do right
Find the upside
To this you hold tight

Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)

Love never fails
Neither forsakes
Love is our gift
From fear to escape

Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Love that binds… it gives, is always kind
Love that laughs… it sees the better half
Love hopes and protects; it even corrects
Love trusts and forgives; it holds on and lives
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love (love)
Perfect love (love), perfect love…
Track Name: Home
The land looks so strange, yet it's strangely dear
The colors are brighter and suddenly clear
The eagle takes wing and circles around
From up there she sees what I don’t from the ground

I have come home...
This is my country, the land of my hope
The place I am seeking, the rest I have sought
My heart cries out, my spirit’s aloft
I’ve longed for this place, and now...
I have come home... I have come home!

But I was told I would never get back
I saw it all destroyed, this land was a wreck
But it all was a shadow, it all was a dream
Of a greater place more real than that seemed

The way is the door, the door is the key
The lamb and the lion they lay down to sleep
The lion of God calls me home every day
And I long to hear Him say...
You have come home...

This is my country, the land of my hope
The place I am seeking, the rest I have sought
My heart cries out, my spirit’s aloft
I’ve longed for this place, and now...
I have come home... I have come home!

This is my country, the land of my hope
The place I am seeking, the rest I have sought
My heart cries out, my spirit’s aloft
I’ve longed for this place, and now...
I have come home... I have come home!