Come to Me

by Wendell Kimbrough

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Over the past 2 years, I’ve sung psalms with people after terror attacks, white supremacist rallies, and church shootings. It has never been clearer to me that the Psalms, and particularly the experience of singing them together, is an urgent life-giving task for the Church.

”Come to me,” Jesus says, “and I will give you rest.” His invitation, however, is not for just anyone; it is specifically for the weary and burdened. How crazy is it, then, that many of us leave our burdens at home and come to church with a smile painted over our pain? We crave deep rest, but instead we hide, compartmentalize, and numb. Through the Psalms, God offers us a different way. He invites us to come to him honestly, carrying the full weight of our burdened lives into his presence.

Jesus wept, and if we’re awake, so do we. The collection of psalms on this record invites you and me to join Jesus in weeping for the brokenness of this beautiful world he created. As we do so, may we find the rest, hope, and courage we need to press on.

Wendell Kimbrough, December 2017. Fairhope, Alabama

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released February 16, 2018

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Produced by Isaac Wardell

All recordings © 2018 Wendell Kimbrough. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Email booking@wendellk.com for booking inquiries. I’d love to sing these songs with you and your church.

All songs by Wendell Kimbrough. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI), except “He’s On Our Side” by Wendell Kimbrough & Jason Pears, © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Jason Made Music/Songtrust (BMI); “Put Not Your Hope In the Nation” and “The Goodness of the Lord” by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach, © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). All songs are registered with CCLI, and you are welcome to sing them in your church!

Engineered & mixed by Stewart Myers, recorded at White Star Sound, in Louisa, VA, except The Day of the Lord engineered by Keylan Laxton at Dauphin Street Sound, Mobile, AL. Mastered by Amy Marie at Yes Master Studios, Nashville.

Musicians:
Tyler Chester: piano, B3, bass, guitar
Jeremy Geddert: piano on Draw Near
Julia Hiser BGVs on I Am Making and In You Lord
John Keuler: bass on The Day of the Lord
Wendell Kimbrough: vocals, guitar, piano
Michael Libramento: drums, synths
Sandra McCracken: BGVs on Draw Near
John Milham: drums on the Day of the Lord
Orlando Palmer: piano, synths
Trey Pollard: pedal steel
George Searcy: keys on The Day of the Lord
Owen Stroud: keys on Come to Me
Isaac Wardell: acoustic guitar, synths, mellotron, outer space effects
Paul Zach: electric guitar

Urban Doxology (Jessica Fox, Makeda McCreary & Toya Obasi sang on Draw Near, The Hand of God, He’s On Our Side, & Put Not Your Hope. www.urbandoxology.com. Resound (Jessica Fox, Joseph Clarke, Mariah Hargrove) sang BGVs on The Day of the Lord. officialresound.com
Additional choir members on The Hand of God: Greg & Courtney Thompson, Margaret Veldman, Katie Cantone.

Strings arranged by Isaac Wardell & Daniel Hwang. Performed by Michael Knowles, Daniel Sender, Diane Phoenix, & Christi Salisbury.

Album design: Lauren Hofer at Fairswell, fairswell.co.
Photography: Matthew Graham www.flickr.com/people/137728544@N03/
Transcriptions: Owen Stroud owenstroudmusic.com, Greg Scheer gregscheer.com

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Wendell Kimbrough Fairhope, Alabama

Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter reimagining the Psalms for emotionally honest modern worship. He serves as artist-in- residence and worship leader at Church of the Apostles in Fairhope, Alabama.

Wendell was a 2017 Hearn Innovator in Christian Music at Baylor University, a guest performer at Calvin College, & Covenant Seminary. His music has been featured in Worship Leader Magazine.
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Track Name: Draw Near (Psalm 69) (feat. Sandra McCracken)
The flood around me is rising;
the water’s up to my neck.
My voice is worn out from crying.
O Lord, please send me your help!

Draw near to my soul, O Lord!
Draw near to my soul, O Lord!

My flesh and blood no more own me;
my family’s no more my home.
They hide their eyes from my grieving;
they stop their ears from my groans.

I asked them all for some comfort;
I begged, but there was no bread.
They gave me food that was poison;
with wine, they left me for dead.

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100077
Track Name: The Hand of God (Psalm 82)
The hand of God gave you power to reign
so that you might stand for the weak.
He made you judge so the fatherless
and the poor could rest in your strength.
But you have left them in darkness
and the earth’s foundation’s shake.

How long, O Lord, before your justice reigns?
Rise up, O Lord! For you, the nations wait!

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100078
Track Name: Come to Me
You weighed down; you are worried.
Child I see you; child I know you.
Bring your burdens; bring your labor.

Come to me.
Come to me, come to me,
Come to me if you are weary.

I will give you, I will give you my rest.
I am gentle; I am humble.
Let me teach you, let me show you.
Trade your burden; mine is easy.
Come to me.

Words & Music © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI #7100076
Track Name: The Day of the Lord (Psalm 37)
It’s not long till the boastful are silenced and shamed.
It’s not long till the wealth of the wicked’s reclaimed.
And the ones who have waited with eyes on the Lord
will shine like the sun forevermore.
It’s not long till the Day of the Lord!

Just be still and be faithful and dwell in the land.
Put your trust in the Savior and cling to his hand.
When your heart burns with anger for all that is wrong,
do not let the dark steal your song.

It’s not long till the Day of the Lord!
It’s not long till the Day of the Lord,
It’s not long till the Day of the Lord!
Everything that is broken will soon be restored.
It’s not long till the Day of the Lord!

Do not fear for the wicked with weapons of war,
for the Lord is the shelter and strength of the poor.
And our God comes with laughter, let him be your joy.
The power of the sword, he’ll destroy.
It’s not long till the Day of the Lord!

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100081
Track Name: He's On Our Side (Psalm 124)
Our help has come in the Name of the Lord,
the One who formed all the earth and the sky.
Behold! He comes to destroy the chains of death
and raise us up to life.

Oh bless his name, for he has given us
everything we need to fly.
Our broken wings, they have not hindered us.
We have the Lord; He’s on our side!

Words and Music: Wendell Kimbrough & Jason Pears. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Jason Made Music/Songtrust (BMI). CCLI #7100094
Track Name: In You Lord I Refuge Take (Psalm 31)
In you, Lord, I refuge take;
let me not be put to shame.
Turn your ear and quickly make
safety for my trembling frame.
You’re a rock and fortress strong;
I am lost and cannot see.
For your name’s sake, lead me on;
in your hands, my soul redeem.

My eyes weak with sorrow grow,
and my body fills with grief.
All my years pass with a groan;
my strength fails, my bones are weak.
Those who see me turn to flee;
my friends’ eyes are filled with dread.
Like a potter’s broken dream:
in their gaze, a shade of death.

But I trust you are my God;
all my days are in your hands.
Let your face upon me shine;
make me in your love to stand.
Great the steadfast love you’ve stored
for the poor, who refuge seek.
In your presence, gracious Lord,
in your dwelling they find peace.

When I cried in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Praise the Lord, whose saving arm
was my rescue and my light.
Love the Lord, all you his saints!
You, who in him refuge take.
Though in darkness you may wait,
all who hope in God are saved!

Words & Music: © 2011 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song # 7023040
Track Name: O God Do Not Be Silent (Psalm 83)
O God, do not be silent.
O God, do not be still.
O God you can’t stand by and watch
while your children are killed.

You heard the people screaming.
You heard the cries of pain.
You know the ones who made these plans,
you know they’ll come again.

O God be like the hurricane.
O God be like the storm.
O God of justice come like fire;
do not let them escape.

O God, do not be silent.
O God, do not be still.
O God you can’t stand by and watch
while your children are killed.

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100085
Track Name: Why So Proud O Man Of Power (Psalm 52)
Why so proud, O man of power?
Trusting in your house of wealth?
When the lies on which you’re founded
Come to light, where’ll be your help?

Words & Music: © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100086
Track Name: May Our God Be Known (Psalm 67)
May our God be known for his grace;
may the earth rejoice in his blessing.
May our God be known for his love,
and the smile that shines from His face.
May Your way be known on the earth
so that all the nations will sing
and rejoice in knowing the God of grace!

Let the nations sing and be glad
for the Lord is coming with justice.
Let the nations sing and be glad
for our God is coming with peace.
Now let all the ends of the earth
fill with holy wonder and joy,
for our God is coming to reign as king!

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) CCLI Song #7100084
Track Name: Put Not Your Hope In The Nation (Psalm 146)
Put not your hope in the nation;
Put not your hope in a king.
Trust in the only one who opens eyes
and sets the prisoner free.

He is the maker of heaven;
He formed the earth and the sea.
Our help will come from the Lord our God,
our gracious king of peace.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

He is the hope of the hungry;
He is the Lord of the feast.
Our Father’s house always opens wide
to welcome refugees.

The fatherless find a Father;
The widow rests in His strength.
The heart of God is forever home
to all the poor and weak.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100100
Track Name: I Am Making All Things New
Then I saw the heavens open, for the former things were past.
And I heard my Savior singing: “I have come for you, at last!
I will wipe away death’s sorrow; you will no more cry or grieve.
To the thirsty I give healing; from the spring of life come drink!”

“For behold, I am making all things new!
Write this down; every word is true.
Tell the world what I come to do:
I am making all things new!”

Then I saw God’s holy city, New Jerusalem, descend.
And a voice announced with splendor, “I will dwell with you, my friends!
I will be your God forever; you will never leave my side.
You were always my beloved, now, at last, you’ll be my Bride!”

We will no more fear the darkness, and the night will be like day;
for the Lamb in all his beauty, like a torch, will light our way.
And the gates of that great city never close to those who come;
every nation brings its glory to our new creation home!

Words & Music: © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100079.
Track Name: The Goodness Of The Lord
His affection never wearies,
and his mercy never ends.
He reminds me every morning,
“I am still your faithful friend.”
He is good to those who seek him.
I will wait for him to bless.
And the Lord will be my portion
In the empty wilderness.

In the goodness of the Lord,
In the goodness of the Lord,
I will wait for him and set my hope
In the goodness of the Lord.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100098

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