Strengthened in the wait

by Richard Jensen

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But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. (Psalm 38:15, NIV)

A follow-up to the previous album, written during a time of waiting...

All tracks written and recorded by Richard Jensen, except track 3 (words by Samuel Davies (1723-1761)).

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released December 1, 2016

Backing vocals: Elaine Jensen
Missing trumpet: Cenfyn Evans

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Richard Jensen UK

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All songs are written, recorded, mixed and produced by myself, and sometimes my wife chips in!

If you want to find out a bit more about me and my music, there's an interview with Treasure Vessles here: treasure-vessels.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/episode-34-richjens-aberystwyth-britain.html
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Track Name: Strengthened in the wait (Psalm 27)
Verse 1:
The Lord is my light
And the stronghold of my life
My salvation, whom shall I fear?
For he will hide me in his shelter
In the day of trouble
Lift me high upon a rock

Chorus:
One thing I asked of the Lord and seek after
To dwell in the house of the Lord and forever
Gaze on his goodness and grace
I will seek his face
Strengthened in the wait

Verse 2:
I believe that I will look upon
The goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living
Wait for Him, let your heart not fear
Be strong, and wait,
Wait for the Lord

(Chorus)

Bridge:
And now my head shall be raised
Above my enemies
I will sing and I will praise
To God who strengthens me
And when I cry aloud
Be gracious unto me
Your face, Lord, I will seek

(Chorus)
Track Name: Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
He makes me lie down in the green pastures
He leads me beside still waters
He restores my soul

He leads me along paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name
He leads me beside still waters
He restores my soul

Chorus
Even though
I walk through the valley of the shadow
I will fear no evil for you're with me
Your rod and staff comfort me

You prepare a table in the presence of my enemies
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows
You lead me beside still waters
You restore my soul

(Chorus)

End:
Surely goodness and mercy
Shall follow me all my days
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever
Track Name: Great God of wonders
Words: Samuel Davies (1723-1761)

Great God of wonders, all Thy ways
Display the attributes divine;
But countless acts of pardoning grace
Beyond thine other wonders shine
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

Such deep transgressions to forgive
Such guilty, daring worms to spare
This is Thy grand prerogative,
And in this honour none shall share
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

In wonder lost, with trembling joy
We take the pardon of our God;
Pardon for sins of deepest dye,
A pardon bought with Jesus' blood
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

O may this strange, this matchless grace,
This God-like miracle of love,
Fill the wide earth with grateful praise,
As now it fills the choirs above!
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?
Track Name: Freely chosen
Ephesians, Romans 8
Westminster Confession of Faith, John Piper (Ephesians 1:4 sermon)

We ungodly people cannot
Boast in what we've done:
Our sin required the costly death
Of God's precious perfect Son
Not by works or fruit of faith
That wrath passes over us
By faith alone we're justified
And gain His righteousness

Everything I am and all I hope to be
Is rooted in God's having freely chosen me

Our faith, our hope, our works are not
The reason for His choice
But He foreknew us and foreloved us
And in this we rejoice
Predestined for adoption
According to His will
Blessed in the Beloved
With His fullness we are filled

Everything I am and all I hope to be
Is rooted in God's having freely chosen me

End:
Freely chose to life
Numbers of mankind
Gave them to the Son
Before the world had begun


From the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith:
The sum of the covenant of redemption is this: God having freely chosen to life a certain number of lost mankind, for the glory of his rich grace, did give them, before the world began, to God the Son, appointed Redeemer, that, upon condition he would humble himself so far as to assume the human nature, of a soul and a body, to personal union with his divine nature, and submit himself to the law, as surety for them, and satisfy justice for them, by giving obedience in their name, even to the suffering of the cursed death of the cross, he should ransom and redeem them all from sin and death, and purchase to them righteousness and eternal life, with all saving graces leading there to, to be effectually, by means of his own appointment, applied in due time to every one of them
Track Name: The worship of our lives (Romans 12)
Verse 1:
Do not be conformed to the world
But transformed by your mind's renewing
By testing that you may discern
The good will of God to be doing

Chorus:
By the mercies of God
Be a living sacrifice
Holy, acceptable
The worship of our lives
The worship of our lives

Verse 2:
Soberly think of yourself
According to faith he has given
For we as one body belong
And in our diversity function

(Chorus)

Bridge:
One body in Christ with each other
Gifts freely given by grace
So use them to build one another
Let love be the fruit of our faith

(Chorus)
Track Name: Arise and praise
(Psalm 121 and others)

Awake my soul; arise and sing
The praises of our perfect King
Who watches over everything:
Arise and praise the Lord

I lift my eyes up to the hills
My Lord and keeper keeps me still
He never tires, and so I will
Arise and praise the Lord

Chorus:
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
All that I am
Arise and praise the Lord

Though worldly troubles weigh me down
The curse of sin and death surround:
The risen Christ is solid ground.
Arise and praise the Lord

Bridge:
He keeps me from harm
For He is my shade
He watches my life
Both now and always
So wake from your sleep
My slumbering soul
Arise and give thanks
Whatever befall
Track Name: And night will be no more
Revelation 22:3-5

No longer will there be
Anything accursed
But the throne of God and the Lamb
Will be there

And His bride they will serve,
Serve and worship Him
See His face, and His name
Will be on their heads
And night will be no more...

Chorus:
Forever,
God will be their light
Forever
There will be no night