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Tumbling Sky – Matt Searles’ Album Of Psalms For Weary Souls Free For A Limited Time

To mark the release of his book Tumbling Sky: Psalm Devotions for Weary Souls Matt Searles is making the album which inspired the book available for free download.
The album is a wonderful addition to Searles’ two earlier productions.
The Psalms are chosen this time to reflect the ministry that they offer to those in times of lament or suffering.
I don’t know how long the offer will last.

Go here for information about the devotional book.

Go here for the free music.

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Saviour, Shepherd Me – Sunday Songs

Saviour, Shepherd Me.
A setting of Psalm 23 by Matt Searles, vocals by Liv Chapman.
Released on Searle’s 2016 album Tumbling Sky.

The lyrics:
The Lord’s my shepherd
Nothing shall I lack, or need
He bids my soul rest
In the pastures wide and green
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me
His grace restores me
I walk in paths of righteousness
And for His glory
My king will keep me till the end
You are all I need
Jesus all I need
Your love and mercy follow me
Til I feast at the table of the King
And in the shadow
When all my path’s too dark to see
My Lord is with me
His rod and staff will comfort me
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me
You are all I need
Jesus all I need
Your love and mercy follow me
Til I feast at the table of the King
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me

© Matt Searles 2016

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Lord Hear My Prayer – From Matt Searles’ Tumbling Sky

Matt Searles’ third album of Psalms set with new tunes, Tumbling Sky, is due for release over the coming weeks.
I’ve featured his previous albums here, and this release seeks to answer the question ‘What can miserable Christians sing?’
I’ve been listening to the album early, as a kickstarter backer.
Here’s the first, prerelease track, Lord Hear My Prayer which is based on Psalm 143.

The lyrics:
Lord hear my prayer
In your righteousness
Listen to my cry for mercy
Bring me relief
And end to my grief
Saviour come quickly to me
Do not bring me
To your judgment seat
For no-one is righteous before you
All my hope is in you

The enemy comes
I’m crushed to the ground
And I’m forced to dwell in the darkness
My spirit grows faint
My heart is dismayed
Do not hide your face from me Lord
Yet this I recall
Your deeds from of old
The works of salvation you’ve done
How I thirst for you, Lord

Now teach me to walk
Before you my God
Send forth your Spirit to lead me
Give life to my soul
For your great name’s sake
Do not let evil hold sway
In your steadfast love
Destroy all my foes
Deliver me Lord in your righteousness
I will live for you Lord

© Matt Searles 2016

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Tumbling Sky – Psalms for Weary Souls: Kickstarter Project by Matt Searles

I’ve posted about Matt Searles previous albums of songs based on Psalms here and here.
Matt has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a third album, Tumbling Sky.
The album will seek to mine the Psalms and produce ‘songs for miserable Christians’ – ‘weary souls’, that will help listeners avail themselves of the pathway to a loving God that the Psalms provide to those in trial.
The project is in UK pounds, so backing is more expensive than usual, but based on the earlier projects it’s worth it.
Here’s the Kickstarter page link.

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Lead Me To The Rock / Psalm 61 – Sunday Songs

Matt Searles has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a third album of Psalms.
More about that later.
Here’s Psalm 61 – Lead Me To The Rock from his first album, Now And Not Yet.
Vocals by Miriam Jones.
The lyrics:
Hear my cry O God and answer me
Listen to my prayer
From the ends of earth I call to you
As my heart grows faint
Lord you are my refuge
You are my strong tower
Lead me to the rock
Lead me to the rock
That is higher than I
Lead me to the rock
Lead me to the rock
That is higher than I
Lord I long to dwell within your house
Stay forever more
I take refuge underneath your wings
You have heard my prayer
You are my inheritance
For I fear you Lord
May the life you give the King be long
Give him many years
May he rule the world eternally
With your love and truth
Then will I sing praise to you
And fulfil my vows

© Matt Searles

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Psalm 126 by Miriam Jones and Matt Searles

I heard a sermon on Psalm 126 last night.
At the moment we’re remembering seasons of joy and trusting we’ll experience the fullness of joy in time to come.
This is our consolation when seasons of sadness linger.
I’ve got a few versions of Psalm 126 in my iTunes, including Bifrost Arts, Sons Of Korah, Sojourn, and Red Mountain Music.
This one, sung by Miriam Jones and composed by Matt Searles is my favourite.