The Road Sessions Collection

by Matthew Smith

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1.
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
2.
Long have I heard the joyful sound of Thy salvation, Lord But 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
3.
Remember Me 04:02
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 My pardon speak, new peace impart Gracious Lord, remember me Temptations sore obstruct my way And ills I cannot flee Oh, give me strength, Lord as my day Gracious Lord, remember me
4.
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
5.
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, yeah, 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 pilgrim’s way I’ll gaze upon it while I run and watch the rising day Watch the rising day, oh, watch the rising day
6.
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
7.
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
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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
9.
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, Whiter 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?
10.
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
11.
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)

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released July 21, 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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