The Road Sessions Collection

by Matthew Smith

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released 21 July 2009

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Matthew Smith Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He finds beauty exploring the tension between joy and sorrow, between the Already and the Not Yet.

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Track Name: Sweet Are The Seasons
Sweet are the seasons when we wait
To hear what God our Lord will say
For they who watch at wisdom’s gate
Are never empty sent away

Behold us, Lord, a few of Thine
Who hither come to seek Thy face
In mercy on Thy people shine
And let Thy presence fill the place

How sweet, how blessed is the thought
That Thou dost hear Thy people’s cries
And whether Thou dost give or not
‘Tis love that grants and love denies

O teach us, Lord, to wait Thy will
To be content with all Thou dost
For us Thy grace sufficient still
With most supplied when needing most

Till life shall end, thus let it be
And O sustain us in that hour
That conflict past, we hope to see
The Savior whom we here adore

We hope at length to take our part
With yonder host, through trouble brought
We hope to see Thee as Thou art
And then to praise Thee as we ought
Track Name: Long Have I Heard
Long have I heard the joyful sound of Thy salvation, Lord
Yet still how weak my faith is found, how slow to learn Thy word
How cold and feeble is my love, how negligent my fear
How low my hope of joys above, how few affections have I there

Great God, Thy sovereign power impart to give Thy word success
Write Thy salvation on my heart and make me learn Thy grace
Show my forgetful feet the way that leads to joys on high
Where knowledge grows without decay, and love shall never, never die

How cold and feeble is my love, how negligent my fear
How low my hope of joys above, how few affections have I there
Track Name: Remember Me
O Thou from whom all goodness flows
I lift my heart to Thee
In all my sorrows, conflicts and woes
Gracious Lord, remember me

Chorus:
Remember me, remember me
Remember me, remember me
Gracious Lord, remember me

When on my aching, burdened heart
My sins lie heavily
Thy pardon speak, new peace impart
Gracious Lord, remember me

When trials sore obstruct my way
And ills I cannot flee
Oh, give me strength, Lord as my day
Gracious Lord, remember me
Track Name: Calmer Of My Troubled Heart (Hallelujah)
Calmer of my troubled heart
Bid my unbelief depart
Speak and all my sorrows cease
Speak and all my soul is peace

Chorus:
Hallellujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Comfort me whene’er I mourn
With the hope of Thy return
And till I Thy glories see
Help me believe in Thee
Track Name: Watch The Rising Day
My former hopes are fled, my terror now begins
I feel, alas, that I am dead in trespasses and sins
Ah, whither shall I fly? I hear the thunder roar
The Law proclaims Destruction nigh and Vengeance at the door
Vengeance at the door, oh, vengeance at the door

When I review my ways, I dread impending doom
But sure a friendly whisper says “Flee from the wrath to come”
I see, or think I see a glimmering from afar
A beam of day that shines for me to save me from despair
Save me from despair, oh, save me from despair

Forerunner of the sun, it marks the pilgrim’s way
I’ll gaze upon it while I run and watch the rising day
Forerunner of the sun, it marks the pilgrims way
I’ll gaze upon it while I run and watch the rising day
Watch the rising day, oh, watch the rising day
Track Name: Redeeming Love
Now begin the heavenly theme, sing aloud in Jesus’ name
Ye who His salvation prove, triumph in redeeming love

Chorus:
Redeeming love, redeeming love
Come and taste our Lord’s redeeming love

Mourning souls, dry up your tears; banish all your guilty fears
See your guilt and curse remove, cancelled by redeeming love

Bridge:
When His Spirit leads us home, when we to His glory come
We shall all the fullness prove of our Lord’s redeeming love
Ye, alas, who long have been willing slaves to death and sin
Now from bliss no longer rove, stop and taste redeeming love
Track Name: I Need Thee Today
I need Thee, precious Jesus, for I am full of sin
My soul is dark and guilty, my heart is dead within
I need the cleansing fountain where I can always flee
The blood of Christ most precious, the sinner’s perfect plea

Chorus:
I need Thee, I need Thee
Jesus, I need Thee today

I need Thee, blessed Jesus, for I am very poor
A stranger and a pilgrim, I have no earthly store
I need the love of Jesus to cheer me on my way
To guide my doubting footsteps, to be my strength and stay

I need Thee, blessed Jesus, I need a friend like Thee
A friend to soothe and pity, a friend to care for me
I need the heart of Jesus to feel each anxious care
To tell my every trial and all my sorrows share

I need Thee, blessed Jesus, and hope to see Thee soon
Encircled with the rainbow and seated on Thy throne
There, with Thy blood-bought children, my joy shall ever be
To sing Thy praise, Lord Jesus, to gaze, my Lord, on Thee
Track Name: My Song Is Love Unknown
My song is love unknown, my Savior’s love to me
Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be
O who am I, that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die?
O who am I, that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

He came from His blessed throne salvation to bestow
But men made strange and none the longed-for Christ would know
But O my Friend, my Friend indeed, who at my need His life did spend
But O my Friend, my Friend indeed, who at my need His life did spend

Here might I stay and sing no story so divine
Never was love, dear King, never was grief like Thine
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise I all my days could gladly spend
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise I all my days could gladly spend
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise I all my days will gladly spend
Track Name: Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Chorus:
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
Track Name: O Holy Dove, Return
Oh, for a closer walk with God, a calm and heavenly frame
A light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb

Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and his word?

Chorus:
Return, O holy Dove, return
Return, O holy Dove, return
O holy Dove, return

The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee

So shall my walk be close with God, calm and serene my frame
So purer light shall mark the road that leads me to the Lamb
Track Name: I Have Seen The Lord
Let worldly minds the world pursue, what are its charms to me?
Once I admired its trifles too, but grace has set me free
Its pleasures now no longer please, no more content afford
Far from my heart be joys like these now I have seen the Lord

Chorus:
Oh oh oh-oh oh, oh oh oh-oh oh oh
Oh oh oh-oh oh, oh oh oh-oh oh oh

As by the light of opening day the stars are all concealed
So earthly pleasures fade away when Jesus is revealed Creatures no more divide my choice, I bid you all depart
His name and love and gracious Word have fixed my roving heart

Oh oh oh-oh oh, oh oh oh-oh oh oh
(I have seen the Lord, I have seen the Lord)
Oh oh oh-oh oh, oh oh oh-oh oh oh Oh oh oh-oh oh, oh oh oh-oh oh oh
(I have seen the Lord, I have seen the Lord)