01 HIDDEN IN A WAVEFORM

 

I’m dropping letters from airplanes

Will anyone discern the meaning?

Hidden in a waveform

If I could give them my heart

I would send it in parts

Hidden in a waveform

 

Sometimes you just need to settle on an ending date

Sometimes you just need a reason to celebrate

 

Will the Holy Ghost haunt these lines

Or is it up to me this time?

Hidden in a waveform

Will my heart shine through, can I sing the truth,

when I speak to them will I speak of You?

Hidden in a waveform

 

Sometimes you just need to settle on an ending date

Sometimes you just need a reason to celebrate

 

Afraid to let it out

Whisper to me and I’ll shout it out (Mt 10:27)


02 SING FOR YOU

 

What do You want me to do?

If I knew I swear I would

Anything You ask me to

Can I only know that it’s You who’s asking?

 

Sing, I’ll just sing for You

When I don’t know what to do

Wait, I’ll just wait and take heart (Ps 27:14)

 

Why is it so hard to move?

I can trace my choices back to fear

What do You want me to do?

Like a bison, run into the storm

 

Oh, take it over


03 TAKING CHANCES

 

I get this feeling

When I think they may be watching me

I get this feeling

Like shackles chained around my feet

If I was free

If I really knew how much You love me

I get this feeling

That things would not be what they seem

 

I’m not one for taking chances

I’m not one for public dances

But I’ll do whatever You tell me to do

 

I get this feeling

When my image may be on the line

I get this feeling

Like I better play it smart this time

If I was free

If I really knew what defines me

I get this feeling

That Your image would be what they see

 

I’m not one for taking chances

I’m not one for public dances

But I’ll do whatever You tell me to do

I’m not one for dancing

But tonight I’m dancing for You

 

I get this feeling

My ear is tingling

The voice from heaven

The voice in my head

As the oak shakes

As the earth quakes

As my heart aches    

I hear the sound of flames (Ps 29)


04 HOLY VANGUARD

 

The spirit hovers over the chaos and the mess

Giving shape and meaning to the present wilderness

In the howling waste where you found us

You spread your wings above us like an eagle to her nest

Bearing us on pinions (Dt 32:10-11)

 

A pillar of cloud led us to the water, to the water

Holy Vanguard, lead us through the water, into the wilderness (Ex13:21-22)

 

I wish we didn’t have to live in transience

That we could claim a privilege, that we could get a pass

Sometimes slavery seems more appealing

But even the Son had to learn obedience

Through what he suffered (Heb 5:8)

 

For now

We’re walking through the water

We’re walking on the water


 

05 THE OLD MAN LIES

From the perspective of the Christian legalist who operates based on how he feels about himself, rather than what is true of himself in light of the gospel.

 

If I’m playing to my strength, I’m playing to You

‘Cause I’m the weakest man that I ever knew

I’m older than I look

But not nearly as wise

I believe the truth, I believe the lie

 

I’m broken on the floor, with my hands tied

I’m broken on the floor, but the old man won’t die (Rom 6; Col 3)

 

No matter what I plan, I still do what I hate (Rom 7:15)

And my every move lands me on my face

The clearer I see You, the more I wanna hide

The chasm there, the great divide

 

Will You be found?

 

Be not far from me, for trouble is near,

there is none to help; only You can hear (Ps 22:11)

Can you put to death the old man

And make a new creation

Am I strong enough to believe?

 

When I’m broken on the floor, with my hands tied

I’m Broken on the floor, but I won’t die

I’m broken on the floor, with my hands tied

I’m broken on the floor, but the old man won’t die


07 EXCAVATION

 

Do You really see all the things I’ve done?

Am I fully known or am I eclipsed by the Son?

 

Who am I apart from the good and bad I do?

If You created me, I suppose that You knew

 

All the rust and all the dirt

All the sin and all the hurt

All the scars and callous skin

The malady I’m living in

 

Who am I when You strip away

The broken parts that You will one day?

 

All the rust and all the dirt

All the sin and all the hurt

Will burn away and wounds be healed

And who I am will be revealed


 

08 I WILL / I WON’T

 

I don’t wanna be hurt

And I don’t wanna hurt you

(I will. I won’t.)

I long to be known

But what if you really knew?

(You will. You won’t.)

I will. I won’t. I will. I won’t betray you

And I won’t let you down

 

God knows I’ve tried to do it by myself

But I can’t make it alone

 

Can I let you up close?

Can I keep you from seeing?

(I will. I won’t.)

If I tell you where I’m weak

You can use it against me

(You will. You won’t.)

The vow plus the fear, I want you right here

Should I take off the mask or remain in the clear,

Where I won’t let you down?

 

God knows I’ve tried to do it by myself

But I can’t make it alone

God knows I’m tired, and crying for His help

To right what I’ve done wrong

 

This is the sound of taking a risk

of letting you in, of shaking my fist

This is the sound of trying again

When I see where I’m going and see where I’ve been

 

Come what may. Come what may.


09 A SPACE THAT’S YOURS

Ó Riain (Gaelic), meaning“little king,” anglicized as Ryan. Ó Caiside (Gaelic), meaning “clever,” anglicized as Cassidy.

 

I pray that you’ll hold on

For just one more day

You’re so close to freedom

But it feels far away

I Wish I could shield you

From the damage that’s been done

To bind up your wounds

But I’m not the one

 

Oh, you sweet, clever girl

And oh, you little king

I pray you’ll find what you’re looking for

As you search for meaning

 

I long to gather you

As a hen gathers her brood (Mt 23:37)

Do you know how proud I’d be

to have a child like you?

 

There’s always a place for you in our home

There’s always a space that’s yours in our hearts


10 BACKLIT

 

Lord, it seems like we’re losing

Like the bad guys are gonna win

Are You sure what You’re using

Is gonna work in the end?

 

Kingdom come, kingdom come

Let the blinds be opened, let the light come in

Kingdom come, kingdom come

Will You do through us what you did through him?

 

Modern times, they’re all backlit

Out of focus, in the dark

Just behind all the outlines

Is the bright Morning Star

 

Kingdom come, kingdom come

Let the blinds be opened, let the light come in

Kingdom come, kingdom come

Will You do through us what you did through him?

 

Truth isn’t changing

We just change what we believe

By Your grace, by Your Spirit

Let my heart not be deceived


 

11 YOU ARE HERE

To my dad. To my Father.

 

Time to go

But I’m not ready

Time to go

It seems I’m always

Running late, lately

 

You are there

Where is that anyway?

You are there

I didn’t think I wanted

To go there yet, till you left

 

I had plans

I had it all mapped out

 

Time to go

When You’re ready

I’ll be here, waiting

 

Lord, I need You

Come and fix us

 

Wipe away the tears

Show us death is not the end

Show us death is not the end

It’s lonely here

Show us death is not the end

Show us death is not the end

 

Hope will then be obsolete

and faith will pass away

 

You are here

But I don’t notice all the time

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