You Sang First

by Rachel Addington

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Five months passed between recording these tracks in October and one day in April, when spring radiated through open windows and inspired courage to share this collection of live demos.
You'll hear all my flaws -- notes sung off-pitch, fumbled lyrics, iffy guitar chords. More than that, you will hear one who loves to use voice and guitar to sing melodies back to the Father who sang first.

In offering these songs I hope for two things: First, that you will be spiritually strengthened by one sister's meditations on eternal truths. Second, that you will be encouraged to chuck the fears and with confidence and contentment, do whatever He's called you to with whatever He's given you.


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As a Christmas gift I devoted this album to my pops Mike Smith, whose handwriting bedecks the cover.

With the free download you can also check out scribbly pages from my songwriting notebook.

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released April 12, 2015

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Track Name: Lead Me in Truth
Teach me to know your ways, Oh Lord
Show me your paths, lead me in truth
Jesus my guide, you are my way
Lead me in truth, lead me in truth

Lord by your mercy and your steadfast love
Don't remember the sins of my past or my rebellion
Pardon my great guilt, recall your promise to save
Lead me in paths of faithfulness, Lord, show me your way

Compelled by your mercy now this truth do I know:
That Jesus' death on the cross once for all sin did atone
All of your promises in Jesus are yes
Who can condemn me now? What can separate us?

You teach sinners your paths and guide the humble in all your ways
You take the foolish ones and turn the wise-in-their-own-eyes away
And no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame
Track Name: Forward
I'm a little bit older but I'm not much wiser
Another year's gone and have I grown at all?
Two steps forward and four steps backwards
Hold my hand
Hold my hand when I'm walking backwards
Pull me forward
I'll move forward

"Deliver us from Slavery!" we cried to Jacob's God
Now we're scared out of our wits and we wanna go back
Toured the desert, forty years
Mighty hands
Mighty hands and outstretched arms
Led us forward
Come on now, take twelve stones and ford the Jordan

I tell you fear's been keeping me from moving forward
Lord take this fear from me and lead me forward
And pride's been keeping from moving forward
Lord take this pride from me and lead me forward

Battered by waves and terrified at the sight of a ghost
If it's you Jesus, then say come
To the other side, fourth watch of the night
Take my hand
Take my hand when I'm sinking under
Pull me up to tread on water
Pull me forward
I'll move forward
Track Name: Raise the Cup
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits toward me?
I will lift the cup and call upon his name
I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of his people
I am your servant, let me serve you all my days

Raise the cup, raise the cup, raise the cup of salvation
Raise the cup, raise the cup, raise the cup of salvation
The cords of death tied around me
And the terror of hell came upon me
Caught in distress and sorrow, then I called upon his name
I said, "Lord save my life!"
I'm your servant, let me serve you all my days

Gracious is the Lord and righteous
Yes our God is compassionate
The Lord Most High preserves the lives of the simple
I was brought low
But the Most High has dealt bountifully with me
Now return unto your rest, oh my soul

I love you Lord because you heard my cry
Delivered my soul up out of death to life
What shall I render unto you but a heart of thanks?
I will follow you, walk before you all my days
Raise the cup!
Track Name: Blessed are the Poor
Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of God
Blessed are the hungry for they shall be satisfied
Earth for the meek and mercy for merciful
Laughter for tears
Hatred and insult, scorned for the Son of Man
He's your reward
Blessed are the poor

Woe to the rich now receiving your comfort in full
Woe to the well-fed, you shall be hungry after all
Laughter to weeping, gloating to mourning
They spoke well of false prophets too
Yet for the pure heart, peace-making, hungry for what's right
He's your reward
Blessed are those having nothing yet possessing everything

Blessed are the poor
Track Name: Share in Your Suffering
Brothers, don't be surprised
Fiery trial burning all around you
Beat down and vilified for Jesus' name
You're blessed, glory rests on you

You shall not be ashamed, glory in Christ's name
You shall not be ashamed, glory in Christ's name

I'll rejoice when I share in Your suffering
I know that one day I'll share glory with You
I'll rejoice when I share in Your suffering
I know that one day I'll share glory with You

Light and momentary
An honor, this cross to carry
Tested and refined in the fire
Entrust your souls to a God who's faithful

I'll rejoice when I share in Your suffering
I know that one day I'll share glory with You
I'll rejoice when I share in Your suffering
I know that one day I'll share glory with You

Brothers, count it joy
Trials lead to perseverance, perseverance to completion
Sisters, don't be surprised
Sharing His inheritance, shall we not share in His sufferings?
Track Name: Handful of Quiet
Chase the wind, search the world
Taste every pleasure on the earth
Come up dry, crying for something to satisfy

Dig your own grave and fall in
The day of death, better than
The day of birth when all trouble begins
But I have stilled and quieted my soul

I have stilled and quieted my soul
Like a child grown, I'm not crying anymore
Fed and full, lay my head upon your chest
Feel the rhythm of your heart still my soul

A handful of quiet better than
Two fistfulls of toil and chasing the wind
Lean back onto a steady foundation
Never caves, never blows away

My heart won't be proud, my eyes will stay low
Stay out of matters ungraspable
Too great and too wonderful for me
I have stilled and quieted my soul

I have stilled and quieted my soul
Like a child grown, I'm not crying anymore
Fed and full, lay my head upon your chest
Feel the rhythm of your heart still my soul

There's nothing left but to lay it down
Tip your head back, he will fill you up until you overflow
Enter his rest

You have stilled and quieted my soul
Like a mother her child holds
Your peace surpassing all understanding have I known
You have stilled and quieted my soul
Track Name: Our Dwelling Place
Oh Lord you've been our dwelling place through all generations
Before the mountains were born
You gave birth to the earth
Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God

You turn men back to dust
A thousand years go by like a night
Your children up like morning grass
Evening comes and we wither away

So teach us to number our days
That we may present to you a heart that's wise

We've been consumed by your anger
And by your wrath we've been dismayed
You placed our iniquities and our secret sins
Before the light of your face

Finished our days like a sigh
Seventy, if strong, eighty years of life
Labor and sorrow their only pride
It's gone and we fly away

Away, fly away, fly away

Do return, Lord oh how long will it be?
And for your servants show mercy
From our youth satisfy us with your lovingkindness
So we can sing

Relent oh Lord, the power of your anger who can bear?
I felt your wrath as great as the fear you deserve
All the years of affliction return now with jubilation
So we can sing

And confirm for us the works of our hands
Yes confirm for us the works of our hands
Track Name: You Sang First
Jesus Christ, you banished darkness, Dayspring
With the coming of your dawn you awakened us to sing
All the reasons that I have to sing are you
You're the source of all the light and joy streaming forth to song

I will sing the song that you placed in my heart
With the voice you gave to me
And the breath you breathed in my lungs
Let my voice resound with the whole world in bringing you a song

Jesus the Son, Holy Ghost, Father God
Singing thrilling melodies over all your rescued ones
I can hear you singing gladly over me
It's the purity of Three in One, in perfect harmony

I will sing the song that you placed in my heart
With the voice you gave to me
And the breath you breathed in my lungs
Let my voice resound with the whole world in bringing you a song

I love to sing your song, I love to sing your song
I love to sing the song that you sang first
Your love for me is stronger than death; you conquered all
I love you because you loved me first

Jesus King of Kings, by your blood ransomed for your own
A people falling down in worship before the highest throne
Singing, "Holy, holy is Almighty God!"
Who was, and is, and is to come in glory, forever we'll sing

The song that you placed in our hearts
With the voice you gave to us
And the breath you breathed in our lungs
Let my voice resound with the whole world in bringing

Let my voice resound with the whole world in bringing you a song