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A Refuge Strong And Sure (Psalter 46)

A Refuge Strong And Sure (Psalter 46)
Words: Psalter 46, God Is Our Refuge And Our Strength, arr Cameron Gray, 2015. Music: Cameron Gray ©2015 Rough Harbor Music

Be still and know that I am God
O’er all exalted high,
The subject nations of the earth
My Name shall magnify;
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety to secure,
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure

REFRAIN:
I will be still,
I will be still

God is our refuge and our strength,
Our ever-present aid,
And therefore though the earth remove
We will not be afraid;
Though hills amidst the seas be cast,
Though foaming waters roar,
Yea, though the mighty billows shake
The mountains on the shore
(REFRAIN)

The nations raged, the kingdoms moved,
But when His voice was heard,
The troubled earth was stilled to peace,
Before His mighty word;
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety to secure,
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure

The Lord of Hosts is on our side
Our safety to secure
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure
(REFRAIN)

—–

A river flows whose steams make glad
The city of our God,
The holy place wherein the Lord
Most high has His abode;
Since God is in the midst of her
Unmoved her walls shall stand,
For God will be her early help
When trouble is at hand

Scripture:
Psalm 46

Even In This Place

Even In This Place
Words & Music by Cameron Gray. ©2015 Rough Harbor Music

Where the stone breaks the plow,
Where the thorn chokes the wheat,
Where the sweat burns my brow,
Where there’s wolves among the sheep

PRE-CHORUS:
Even in this place,
Even in this place—

CHORUS A:
Our God is in this place,
Our God is in this place,
Emmanuel with the saints
Our God is here,
Even in this place.

In darkness deep, where sorrows low
Stack like stones ‘neath my head
Your Promise keeps where’re I go
A Kingdom calling in the wilderness
(PRE-CHORUS & CHORUS A)

CHORUS B:
Our God is in this place,
Our God is in this place,
Spirit, awaken the saints
Groaning creation awaits—

BRIDGE:
Daughters and sons bringing Your kingdom come,
Hope ringing true through the work that they do,
Righteousness reigns as they walk in Your way,
A City made glad will shout out on that Day—
(CHORUS)

Scripture:
Gen 28:10-17; Gen 3:17; Matt 13:7; Matt 7:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matt 1:23; Prov 11:10; Phil 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; John 4:23-24; Matt 12:6; Eph 2:21; Rev 21:3; Psalm 46:4

A Work Song.
Christians are in the same situation as everybody: Our work is difficult and broken and frustrating—the same as everyone else. But with one huge difference—we are actually part of God’s solution to the brokenness of work.

One day He will return and make all things new, including work. But until that day comes, He has chosen to put His Spirit in us and send us out to sweat and to groan and to work alongside our neighbors. By His Spirit, we bring His presence with us into our broken workplaces, where He works in us and through us to multiply His goodness and to bear fruit for His kingdom.

Emmanuel means God With Us—even in the wilderness of our work.

Stand Up My Soul

Stand Up My Soul
©2014 Rough Harbor Music. Words by Isaac Watts. 1707. Music by Cameron Gray, 2014

Stand up, my soul, shake off thy fears,
And gird thy Gospel armor on,
March to the gates of endless joy,
Where thy great Captain-Savior’s gone.
Hell and thy sins resist thy course,
But hell and sin are vanquished foes;
My Jesus nailed them to the cross,
And sung the triumph when He rose.

What though the prince of darkness rage,
To waste the fury of his spite?
Eternal chains confine him down
To fiery deep and endless night.
What though thine inward lusts rebel?
’Tis but a struggling gasp for life;
The weapons of victorious grace
Shall slay thy sin, and end the strife.

CHORUS:
Stand up, my soul, shake off thy fears,
And gird thy Gospel armor on,
March to the gates of endless joy,
Where thy great Captain-Savior’s gone.

So let my soul march boldly on,
Press forward to the heav’nly gate;
There peace and joy eternal reign,
And glitt’ring robes for conqu’rors wait.
There shall I wear a starry crown,
And triumph in almighty grace,
While all the armies of the sky
Join in my glorious Captain’s praise.
(Chorus)

Psalm 13 (How Long, O Lord?)

Psalm 13 (How Long O Lord?)
©2014 Rough Harbor Music. Words & Music by Cameron Gray

How long, O Lord?
Will You hide Your face forever?
How long, O Lord?
Shall my enemy prevail?
How long, O Lord?
With sorrow in my heart,
How long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord?

How long, O Lord?
Look on me and answer,
How long, O Lord?
O God my Savior,
How long, O Lord?
Shall all my foes rejoice?
How long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord?

Yet I trust
In Your love,
Praise lift up,
For Your love.

Scripture:
Psalm 13

Corporate Rock

One of two short instrumentals I made for a promo video for my friend’s new iPhone app PaceDJ which helps you find the best workout songs for running, walking and cycling.

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Heaven Is Yours

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Heaven Is Yours
Words & Music by Cameron Gray, 2011. © 2011 Rough Harbor Music.

Heaven is yours, to the highest heaven
The Earth is yours, and all therein
Oh what is man, that you would regard him
Yet you set your love upon the least of us

King of all kings, your Name above all names
In every age your righteousness reigns
Father of glory, forever holy
Yet you set your love upon the least of us

CHORUS:
You are my God, you are my praise
You have done wonders I have seen with my own eyes
You are my God, your Name above all names (Your majesty reigns)
And you set your love upon the least of us
And you set your love upon the least of us
Thank you Lord

Light of the world, desire of nations
Mighty in mercy, mighty to save
Gracious Redeemer, Beautiful Savior
And you set your love upon the least of us
(Repeat CHORUS)

BRIDGE:
King of Creation
Rock and Foundation
True Consolation
Mighty Salvation
(Repeat CHORUS)

Scripture:
Deut 10:14-21: To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today…. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Ps 198:1, 1 Tim 6:15, Phil 2:9, Rev 15:3, Isa 6:3, 1 Pet 1:16-25, John 8:12, Hag 2:7, Isa 40:28-31, Zech 3:17, Jer 23:6, 1 Pet 4:19, Ps 18:2, Matt 7:24, 1 Sam 2:2, Luke 2:25, Luke 2:11

Walking Spanish

One of two short instrumentals I made for a promo video for my friend’s new iPhone app PaceDJ which helps you find the best workout songs for running, walking and cycling.

Let me know if you’d like me to whip up something for your project.

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Winter In His Heart of Gloom

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Bruce over at cardiphonia.org invited some folks to write new music for a collection of hymn texts based on the Apostle’s Creed called Lyra Fidelium. The whole collection of new tunes, along with chord sheets, is available for free download on BandCamp. Check out the original texts by Samuel John Stone, and read Bruce’s intro of the idea. Thanks Bruce for a fun and encouraging project!

Article XI, The Resurrection of the Body
Winter In His Heart of Gloom
Words by Samuel John Stone (Lyra Fidelium,1866) and Cameron Gray, 2010. Music by Cameron Gray. ©2010 Rough Harbor Music.

Winter in his heart of gloom
Sings the song of coming bloom;
So o’er death our souls shall sing
Lays of the eternal spring
Then decay shall be no more
And, the weary seed-time o’er,
All the dead in Christ shall rise
For the Harvest of the skies

Then there shall be, there shall be
Then there shall be, there shall be
Then there shall be sorrow no more, no more

We from earth to heaven shall soar
In that flesh which once we wore,
Deathless now and glorified
Like our Lord and at His side
This is life’s eternal Spring
This the coming joy we sing
Look we ever toward that Day
Be it near or far away
(Chorus)

Mid the sorrow and the strife
Tis the music of our life,
And our song has this refrain,
Our Redeemer comes again
Our Redeemer comes
(Chorus)