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Your King Has Come

by Various Artists

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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

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of me We no longer have to worry, salvation’s not a distant hope God has done what he said he would, sin’s license has been revoked Death no longer has its power, the serpent’s head’s been crushed Don’t wait another hour and see dust return to dust But instead…


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


released October 31, 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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