Watch The Rising Day (Standard Edition)

by Matthew Smith

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The 10-song standard edition of WATCH THE RISING DAY. For the 14-song Deluxe Edition, please go to


released August 17, 2010


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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: You Are The Light
Dark and cheerless is the morn
Without Your hand to comfort me
Joyless is the day's return
'Til Your mercy's beams I see
'Til they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes and warm my heart

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
You are the true, the only Light
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph over shades of night
You are the Light, You are the Light

Visit, then, this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief
Fill me, Radiancy Divine,
Scatter all my unbelief
More and more Yourself display,
Shining to the perfect day

Dayspring from on high, be near
Day-star, in my heart appear.
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

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
Track Name: Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven
Once on a dreary mountain
We wandered far and wide,
Far from the cleansing fountain
Far from the pierced side
But Jesus sought and found us
And washed our guilt away
With cords of love He bound us
To be His own today

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus' precious blood
Heirs of His home in heaven
Oh, praise our pardoning God

Dear Lord receive the glory
Of each recovered soul
Oh who can tell the story
Of love that made us whole?
Not our, not ours, the merit
Be Yours alone the praise
And ours a thankful spirit
To serve You all our days

Now keep us, holy Savior
In Your true love and fear
And grant us by Your favor
The grace to persevere

Till in Your new creation
When Earth meets Heaven's shore
We find our full salvation
And praise You evermore
Track Name: At Eve It Shall Be Light
We journey through a vale of tears
By many a cloud overcast
And worldly cares and worldly fears
Go with us to the last
"Not to the last" Your Word has said
If we could read aright
"Poor Pilgrim, lift in hope your head
At eve it shall be light"

Though earthborn shadows now may shroud
Your thorny path a while
God's blessed Word can part each cloud
And bid the sunshine smile
Only believe, in living faith
His love and power divine
And though your sun shall set in death
His light shall round you shine

When tempest clouds are dark on high
His 'bow of love and peace
Shines sweetly in the vaulted sky
A pledge that storms shall cease
Hold on your way, with hope unchilled
By faith and not by sight
And you will own His word fulfilled
"At eve it shall be light"
At eve it shall be light,
at eve it shall be light
Track Name: Greater Than Our Hearts
O let us by your cross abide,
You, only You, resolved to know
The Lamb for sinners crucified,
A world to save from endless woe

You who are greater than our hearts,
Come make Your faithful mercies known
The mind of Christ to us impart,
Your constant mind in us be shown

Take us into your people's rest,
And we from our own works shall cease
With your meek Spirit arm our breast,
And keep our minds in perfect peace

Jesus, for this we calmly wait,
Oh let our eyes behold You near
Hurry to make our heaven complete,
Appear our glorious God, appear
Track Name: Lord Jesus, Comfort Me (A Communion Hymn)
You have canceled my transgression,
Jesus, by Your precious blood
May I find therein salvation,
happiness, and peace with God
And since You for sinner's suffering
On the cross was made an offering
From all sin deliver me,
That I wholly Yours may be

All the pain You have endured
All Your wounds, Your crown of thorn
Hands and feet with nails through bored
The reproach which You have borne
Your back, ploughed with deep furrows
Cross and grave and all Your sorrows
Your blood-sweat and agony
Oh Lord Jesus, comfort me

Your back, ploughed with deep furrows
Cross and grave and all Your sorrows
Your blood-sweat and agony
Oh Lord Jesus, comfort me
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

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
Track Name: The War
I came and saw, and hoped to conquer
As the great Roman once had done
His was one hour's shock of battle
My field was harder to be won

I came and saw, but did not conquer
The foes were fierce, their weapons strong
I came, I saw, but did not conquer
For me the fight was sore and long

They said the war was brief and easy
One word, one look, would crush the throng
For some it may have been a moment's conflict
For me it has been sore and long

They said the threats were coward bluster
To brave men they could work no wrong
So some may boast of easy battle
To me it has been sore and long

And yet I know that I shall conquer
Though sore and hard the fight may be
I know, I know I shall be more than victor
Through Him who won the fight for me
Track Name: Goodnight
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
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, 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, 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, watch the rising day