The Depth of Worship (vol. 1)

by Robert Austell

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1.
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!
2.
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!
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
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!
6.
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.
7.
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.
8.
04:46
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]
9.
04:07
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]
10.
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.
11.
03:24
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…
12.
02:57
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!

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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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