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My LYRICS

I am not a particularly profound composer nor a prolific song writer, but I have written a few psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that I think are worth sharing.  If I ever make a decent recording of them, perhaps I shall make them available as well.  All the lyrics below are original compositions, as are the melodies and tunes to which they are sung. Unfortunately the latter do not translate to the printed page, so you are free to use your imagination, or to make up your own.–GDN

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I, the Lord 1

a spiritual song

Yo, El Señor, busco tu corazon

Yo, El Señor, busco tu mente

Yo, El Señor, busco el alma del hombre

Anda delante de Mi, y ser santo

I, the Lord, search the heart

I, the Lord, search the mind

I, the Lord, search the soul of man

Walk before Me and be ye holy

Thou, O Lord, art the Holy One,

Thy ways are not those of a man.

If Thou, O Lord, should mark iniquities.

Who shall stand, Lord, who shall stand?

From You my thoughts are not hidden,

You know my secret desire.

To you I am naked and open,

To the One who’s a Consuming Fire.

Search me, Lord, and know me,

Cleanse me, God of Light.

Make me perfect in Thy will,

And well pleasing in Thy sight.

Let my sins be covered

By the Lamb’s most precious blood.

Sanctify me wholly

By the power of Thy Word.

I, the Lord, search the heart

I, the Lord, search the mind

I, the Lord, search the soul of man

Walk before Me and be ye holy

Yo, El Señor, busco tu corazon

Yo, El Señor, busco tu mente

Yo, El Señor, busco el alma del hombre

Anda delante de Mi, y ser santo

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Worthy Is the Lord, Our God 2

A hymn

Worthy is the Lord, our God

Of glory, honor, and power,

Who has made all that is

And owns the final hour.

Great, O Lord, are all Your deeds,

Just and true Your ways.

You alone are holy,

The Ancient of Days.

Worthy is the Lamb of God

Who for us was slain.

Wisdom, strength, and honor,

Glory to His name!

For Jesus purchased by His blood,

From every tribe and tongue

A priestly kingdom serving God,

His sacrifice their song.

All will come before His throne

And will in worship bow,

For the kingdom of this world

Is made His kingdom now.

Hallelujah!  For He reigns,

Our God, Almighty Lord!

King of kings we now acclaim,

The Son of God, the Word!

(Refrain)

Glory to the Lord our God

Glory to the Lamb

Glory to the Spirit

Glory to His name

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I Am Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) 3

A Gospel Song And Chorus

I am crucified with Christ

And it’s no longer I who lives

But it’s Christ living within me

And the life I live in the body now

I live by faith in the Son of God

Who loved me, and gave himself for me

Jesus died upon a cross

Two thousand years ago

Bearing every curse for Adam’s sin,

But the life I gained through Jesus’ loss

I did not fully know,

Until I learned that I was there with him.

I am crucified with Christ

And it’s no longer I who lives

But it’s Christ living within me

And the life I live in the body now

I live by faith in the Son of God

Who loved me, and gave himself for me

Whoever Jesus died for

Has surely died with him,

And dying once for all is dead to sin.

As surely as the power of God

Raised Jesus from the tomb,

Our victory his resurrection wins.

He wins!

I am crucified with Christ

And it’s no longer I who lives

But it’s Christ living within me

And the life I live in the body now

I live by faith in the Son of God

Who loved me, and gave himself for me

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Faith Is the Substance 4

A Scripture Song

Now faith is the substance

Of things hoped for,

The evidence of things not seen.

Without it it’s impossible to please Him,

For he who comes to God

Must believe that He is,

And that He will reward

Those who seek Him,

Will reward those who

Diligently seek Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

Lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will direct your paths.

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I Pray for You (Ephesian Prayer) 5

A Scripture Song

I pray for you

The Spirit of wisdom

And of understanding

In the knowledge of Him,

That you might see

With the eyes of your heart

The hope of His calling

And His glorious riches in you,

His glorious power in you,

His glorious purpose in you.

O Lord, I pray

For the Spirit of wisdom

And of understanding

In the knowledge of Thee,

That I might see

With the eyes of my heart

The hope of Your calling

And Your glorious riches in me,

Your glorious power in me,

Your glorious purpose in me.

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Give Thanks to the Lord (For He Is Good) 6

From Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

Let Israel say:

His love endures forever!

Let the house of Aaron say:

His love endures forever!

Let those who fear the Lord all say:

His love endures forever!

His love endures forever!

When I was in anguish I cried to the Lord,

And he answered by setting me free.

The Lord is with me, so I will not fear.

What can mere man do to me?

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

I was pushed back and about to fall

When the Lord reached out His hand.

The Lord is my strength, and the Lord is my song,

And the Lord is become my salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love endures forever

Let Israel say:

His love endures forever!

Let the house of Aaron say:

His love endures forever!

Let those who fear the Lord all say:

His love endures forever!

His love endures forever!

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The Father Knows 7

A Spiritual Song

He knows the bitter, weary way

The endless striving day by day

The souls that weep, the souls that pray

The Father knows, Our Father knows

He knows when faint and worn we sink

How deep the pain, how near the brink

Of dark despair we pause and shrink

The Father knows, Our Father knows

He knows how hard the fight has been

The clouds that come our lives between

The wounds the world has never seen

The Father knows. Our Father knows

He knows, O heart, take up your cross

And know earth’s treasures are but dross

And all will prove as gain, not loss

The Father knows, Our Father knows

(refrain)

So Father, let your kingdom come

And save me from the evil one

And all the fears that wrap my heart in worry

There’s no need for doubt or dread

He’ll give to me my daily bread

And anoint with grace my trusting head

He loves me

And all my times are in his hand

He knows the start and he knows the end

And he can make his power extend

Beyond what we can comprehend

The Father knows, Our Father knows

He knows the future as the past

He knows my needs before I ask

My line’s in pleasant places cast

The Father knows, My Father knows

(refrain)

So Father, let your kingdom come

And save me from the evil one

And all the fears that wrap my heart in worry

There’s no need for doubt or dread

He’ll give to me my daily bread

And anoint with grace my trusting head

He loves me

And all my times are in His hand

All my times are in His hand

All my times are in His hand

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Simon’s Son 8

A Ballad of the Soul

Don’t be afraid, he said to me

I am the Master of this stormy sea

The ugly wind is in my hand

And though you think that you are dying

I will lead you to the land

Lord, let me come to you, I prayed

And when his lips and eyes smiled at me

I no longer was afraid

He showed his hand and beckoned me

And when I stepped out on the water

It had turned to solid sea

But when I saw the cresting waves

I lost my faith and feared again

I dropped into the cold and salty

Water of my sin

I screamed, Please, Master, save me

I cannot swim this sea alone

For I’m a man of sinful lips

There’s something I have done

He calmly took my shaking hand

And when he looked into my fearful eyes

I knew that I could stand

Back in the boat with the other men

We watched him tell the storm be still

And saw the calming of the wind

Don’t be afraid, he said to me

I am the Master of this stormy sea

The ugly wind is in my hand

And though you think that you are dying

I will lead you to the land

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Lover in the Lord 9

A Wedding Song

To Noel & Amy

The Lord God said, It isn’t good

That the man should be alone.

I will make him a help,

A partner to complete him.

So He made him go to sleep

In His will, and from his side,

From his flesh, from his own bone

God formed his bride.

You are fair to me, my sister

You are beautiful, my friend,

You are lovely as a

Lily among thorns.

You are perfect and fair,

There is no flaw in you,

I am pleased with you,

My lover in the Lord.

The Father said, I’ll give unto

My Son the kingdom,

And I’ll give him a queen

To love and reign with him.

So He made him go to die

In His will, and from his side,

From his flesh, from his own blood,

God formed his bride

You are fair to me, my sister

You are beautiful, my friend,

You are lovely as a

Lily among thorns.

You are perfect and fair,

There is no flaw in you,

I am pleased with you,

My lover in the Lord.

You are perfect and fair,

There is no flaw in you,

I am pleased with you,

My lover in the Lord.

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Notes

  1. 1.The unusual thing about this song is that it “arrived” almost all at one time while I was on a commute home.  It did not proceed from some great movement in my soul or any deep meditation.  It simply started with these words from Jeremiah that were on my mind for some reason: “I, the Lord, search the heart.”  First the chorus, and then the scripturally rooted prayer couplets just sprang as if from some hidden source, almost in its finished form.  The cadence of the poem naturally moved into a swift, rhythmic, Spanish-style dance, played in a minor key.  A friend helped me translate the refrain into Spanish.  (I’ve also translated and sung it in Hebrew—there are those who think it has that sound and feel—but I think the Spanish version is just naturally graceful.)

  2. 2.If you’ve ever read the great worship passages in the book of Revelation, you will recognize the source material for this hymn.  It is sung to an original tune I call “Revelation Praise.”

  3. 3.The chorus of this song, an adaptation of Galatians 2:20, was written with an easy-to-learn, easy-to-sing tune in order to serve as a theme song for a church “revival.”  It served by itself for several years before I attached the stanzas to it.  It’s not subtle, either in words or music, but it is forthright and affirmative.  (I think Paul would appreciate that.)

  4. 4.A blended adaptation of Hebrews 11:1, 6 and Proverbs 3:5, 6.  Why hasn’t anyone thought of putting these verses together before?

  5. 5.This adaptation of Paul’s first Ephesian prayer (1:15-19) grew out of a study and meditation on this passage.  I was looking for a way to lay out the substance of this powerful intercession in a fresh and clear way, and couldn’t think of a better approach than singing it to a quietly rolling, rising melody.

  6. 6.Of all the songs I have written or adapted, this is my favorite.  It was not written in a time of great pressure or need, but has brought me great comfort to remember when those times have arrived.  The melody is simple, personal, and expressive, and the tune is a folk-like dance in 6/8 time.  Some have said it has a Celtic feel to it.

  7. 7.The roots of this song are in the words of a short, simple poem, Author Unknown, which appears in The Broadman Hymnal (Nashville, 1940) attached to a tune by B. B. McKinney.  I composed an American folk-country melody for it and added another stanza and a refrain.  A quiet song for comfort and assurance.

  8. 8.This is the first song I wrote from top to bottom, words and music both.  I was 19, a sophomore in college, and had only received God’s call to ministry a few months earlier.  I felt a real kinship with Simon Peter in this story—especially the exhilaration and terror of having committed to something so large and so unknown as “the ministry.”  I really felt that I was in over my head.  Still do.  (And I still have the paper towel I wrote these words on, thanks to my mom.)

  9. 9.This song brings together themes from Genesis, Ephesians, and the Song of Solomon.  It was introduced at my brother’s wedding.

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