Your King Has Come

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Your King Has Come is a collection of songs born out of a community of artists. From the contemplative opening chords of Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken's "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" to Jeremy Casella's awestruck "Joyful Fire" to Matthew Perryman Jones' worshipful "O Holy Night," the album represents the heartcry of the people of God. A cry of rejoicing because a baby has been born to save His people from their sins...and a cry of longing, wanting Him to return soon.

"[Your King Has Come] is very much focused on Christ...beautifully illustrates the wonder of that night 2,000 years ago." --Christianity Today

"This is hands-down the best, most creative, tasty Christmas album..." --CCM Magazine

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released 31 October 2000

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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: Joyful Fire [Jeremy Casella]
Bright and shining like the sun

In the middle of the dark, hot night

I was walking through the fields

I saw it hanging in the sky



Some kind of illusion

I thought I was out of my mind

This light shone around me
It ripped through the dark like a knife



There was glory in the air

There was music in the sky

I saw an angel who said to put my fear aside

You’ve been waiting for a savior, well He’s born in the city tonight 

You’ve been walking in darkness but you have seen a great light



I swear there were angels

Just singing and dancing on high

This light all around them

A joyful fire in their eyes


Clothed in righteousness and majesty

The Savior, Jesus is our Holy King

Fulfilling every ancient prophecy

The perfect Sacrifice for you and me



Go tell the hungry

Go tell the poor 

Go tell the widowed

Go tell the broken-hearted

Go tell the homeless

Go tell the thirsty

Go tell the lonely

The Lord keeps His promises


Track Name: Your King Has Come [Matthew Smith]
There was a man of God named Simeon, he was righteous and devout
His faith it did not waiver; this man had no doubt
But he cried to God when will you reconcile yourself with man
The Spirit moved him to the temple courts where he met the great I Am

Chorus:
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Your King has come to you, O Israel
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Has come to thee, O Israel

Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, dismiss your servant now in peace
For my eyes have seen your salvation, now joy will never cease
A light of revelation to the Gentiles this little baby will be
Your people Israel will be glorified, I see Emmanuel in front of me

We no longer have to worry, salvation’s not a distant hope
God has done what he said he would, sin’s license has been revoked
Death no longer has its power, the serpent’s head’s been crushed
Don’t wait another hour and see dust return to dust
But instead…