Ten

by Matthew Smith

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1.
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, precious 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, precious 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, precious 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
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Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched Weak and wounded, sick and sore Jesus, ready, stands to save you Full of pity, joined with power He is able, He is able He is willing; doubt no more Come ye needy, come, and welcome God's free bounty glorify True belief and true repentance Every grace that brings you nigh Without money, without money Come to Jesus Christ and buy Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Bruised and broken by the fall If you tarry 'til you're better You will never come at all Not the righteous, not the righteous Sinners Jesus came to call Let not conscience make you linger Nor of fitness fondly dream All the fitness He requires Is to feel your need of Him This He gives you, this He gives you 'Tis the Spirit's rising beam Lo! The Incarnate God, ascended Pleads the merit of His blood Venture on Him, venture wholly Let no other trust intrude None but Jesus, none but Jesus Can do helpless sinners good
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Against the God who rules the sky I fought with hand uplifted high Despised the mention of His grace Much too proud to seek a hiding place Wrapped in shadows of the night Fond of darkness more than light Blind, I ran the sinful race I felt no need for a hiding place But then the eternal council ran "Almighty love, arrest this man!" I felt the arrows of distress And found I had no shield, no hiding place Holy justice stood in view To Sinai's fiery mount I flew But justice cried with frowning face "This mountain is no hiding place" But then a heavenly voice I heard And mercy for my soul appeared She led me on with gentle pace To Jesus as my hiding place Should seven storms of vengeance roll And shake this earth from pole to pole No thunderbolt shall daunt my face While Jesus is my hiding place While Jesus is my hiding place On Him almighty vengeance fell Which would have sunk this world to Hell He bore it for a sinful race To make Himself our hiding place
4.
Though troubles assail and dangers affright, Though friends should all fail and foes all unite; Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide, The scripture assures us, the Lord will provide The birds without barn or storehouse are fed, From them let us learn to trust for our bread: His saints, what is fitting, shall ne'er be denied, So long as it's written, the Lord will provide We may, like the ships, by tempest be tossed On perilous deeps, but cannot be lost. Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide, The promise engages, the Lord will provide. His call we obey, like Abram of old, Not knowing our way, but faith makes us bold; For though we are strangers we have a good Guide, And trust in all dangers, the Lord will provide When Satan appears to stop up our path, And fill us with fears, we triumph by faith; He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried, This heart-cheering promise, the Lord will provide He tells us we're weak, our hope is in vain, The good that we seek we ne'er shall obtain, But when such suggestions our spirits have plied, This answers all questions, the Lord will provide No strength of our own, or goodness we claim, Yet since we have known the Savior's great name; In this our strong tower for safety we hide, The Lord is our power, the Lord will provide When life sinks apace and death is in view, This word of his grace shall comfort us through: No fearing or doubting with Christ on our side, We hope to die shouting "the Lord will provide"
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When this passing world is done, When has sunk yon glaring sun, When we stand with Christ in glory, Looking o'er life's finished story, Then, Lord, shall I fully know, Not till then, how much I owe. Chorus: All I owe you paid for me From all I owe I’ve been set free And all I owe proves your great mercy to me When I stand before your throne, Dressed in beauty not my own, When I see you as you are Love you with unsinning heart, Then, Lord, shall I fully know, Not till then, how much I owe. Bridge: Chosen not for good in me, Wakened up from wrath to flee, Hidden in the Saviour's side, By the Spirit sanctified, Teach me, Lord, on earth to show, By my love, how much I owe.
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What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul What wondrous love is this, O my soul What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down beneath God'’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing To God and to the Lamb I will sing To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am” While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing While millions join the theme, I will sing And what wondrous love is this Though I raised my clenched fist He opened up my hand to received His gift And what wondrous love is here The God Immortal has drawn near And shed His blood to close the rift And when from death I’m free, I’'ll sing on, I'’ll sing on And when from death I’'m free, I’'ll sing on And when from death I’'m free, I’'ll sing and joyful be, And through eternity I’'ll sing on, I’'ll sing on, And through eternity I'’ll sing on
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I journey forth rejoicing From this dark vale of tears To heavenly joy and freedom From earthly bonds and fears Where Christ our Lord shall gather All His redeemed again, His kingdom to inherit-- Goodnight, goodnight till then Why thus so sadly weeping Beloved ones of my heart? The Lord is good and gracious Though now He bids us part Oft have we met in gladness And we shall meet again All sorrow left behind us-- Goodnight, goodnight till then I go to see His glory Whom we have loved below I go, the blessed angels The holy saints to know. Our lovely ones departed I go to find again And wait for you to join us-- Goodnight, goodnight till then I hear the Savior calling-- The joyful hour has come The angel-guards are ready To guide me to our home Where Christ our Lord shall gather All His redeemed again, His kingdom to inherit-- Goodnight, goodnight till then
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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?
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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
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Behold me here, in grief draw near Pleading at Thy throne oh King To Thee each tear, each trembling fear Jesus Son of Man I bring Let me find Thee, let me find Thee Let me find Thee, Lord of mercy King of grace Look down in love, and from above With Thy Spirit satisfy Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me And thy purchase Lord am I Let me find Thee, let me find Thee Let me find Thee, here on earth and then on high Hear the broken, scarcely spoken Longings of my heart to Thee All the crying, all the sighing Of Thy child accepted be Let me find Thee, let me find Thee Let me find Thee, Wounded Healer, Suffering Lord

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Celebrating ten years of solo releases, Ten includes nine hymns from Matthew Smith's five albums, plus an exclusive tenth track. Pay what you want, including nothing.

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released November 19, 2014

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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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