Psalms We Sing Together

by Wendell Kimbrough

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These songs were crafted with one purpose: to help you sing the Psalms. Found in the Old Testament, the Psalms are some of the oldest and most beautiful poetry in the human family. I hope that as you listen, you’ll find yourself singing these melodies with me. And as you do so, I hope you’ll experience some of the power of their source texts. Through the Psalms, our Creator invites us into intimate relationship with him, in which we may share our whole selves—the good and the bad together. May your heart and mine be awakened more and more to this reality—intimacy with God—as we share ourselves wholeheartedly with him through singing the Psalms. 

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released September 23, 2016

Visit wendellk.com for lyrics, guitar chords, and sheet music.

Produced by Isaac Wardell.

All songs written by Wendell Kimbrough, © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI), except “The Hope of the Poor” by Wendell Kimbrough & Dan Wheeler, © 2015 Wendell Kimbrough Music (BMI), Joodlebug Music (ASCAP), Jannsen Lane (ASCAP). Admin by Jannsen Lane.
All recordings © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Recorded by Stewart Myers at White Star Sound, in Louisa, VA. Mixed by Mark Nevers at Beech House Recording, Nashville. Mastered by Amy Marie at Yes Master Studios, Nashville.

For booking inquiries, write to booking@wendellk.com.

Album design: Lauren Hofer at Fairswell, fairswell.co. Cover photo: Linda Humphrey. Additional photography: Chad Bartlett, © 2016. chadbartlettphoto.com.

Musicians:
Jay Foote: upright and electric bass, sound moral advice
Yolonda Jones: background vocals
Wendell Kimbrough: lead vocals, guitars
Anthony LaMarca: drums, tambourine, steel pedal, electric guitar
Evan Mazunik: piano, organ, mellotron, pump organ
Nan McMillan: background vocals
Isaac Wardell: string & horn arrangements
Paul Zach: background vocals, electric guitar


Thank You:
Thank you to my wife Hahna, your friendship inspires me to write, risk, and grow. To Robert, Mark, Linda, and the Church of the Apostles family in Fairhope Alabama: your support, encouragement and deadlines have fostered a renaissance in my songwriting; thank you! To Isaac and the band: working with you guys was a blast!

Thank you to all the people who rallied behind this album on Kickstarter and beyond. These recordings would not have been made without you: Ty & Kathy Cobb, Tom & Lisa Yearwood, Judge and Mrs. Bert Milling, Jr., Joyce Kimbrough, Randy Kimbrough, Tom Geary, Ian Cusson & Grace Toronto, Church of the Advent, DC, Chris & Kelly Trimble, Tammy Knapp, Mark & Diana Wright, Nancy & John Fridirici, Angel & Joel Coleman, Cammie Bullock, Mark & Brooke DiCristina, Daniel Hall & Brittany Noetzel, Jake Thomsen, Sandy Marshall, Ben & Rebecca Griffith, Gail Trapp, Brian & Mary Brocato, Bill & Claudia Ainsworth, Steve & Mildred McNair, Richard Hirsch, Apostles Mobile, Mark & Robbie Kimbrough, Zach Buckner & family (thanks for hosting me during the recording of the album!), Scott Griffith, Tom Warren & St. Mary's Kinston, Michael & Kathryn Briggs, Robert & Ruth Seawell, Ellen Southard Strohm, Will & Bekah Weir, Rev Vicki A Gladding, Nathan & Elizabeth Vish, Elliott Tapp, Joe Zambon, Syman & Mary Catherine Stevens, Robert Kinney, Erik & Sonya Luchauer, Jimmy Lou Allred, Mary Frances Dunlap, Francisca Cohen, David LaCagnina, Webb McArthur, Sigma Chang, Jan Johnson, Blaine & Carolyn Swen, Rob & Tae Symons, Matt & Michelle Bowman, Bobby & Linda Humphrey, Daniel Stenberg, Arleen Lynne-Harvey, David & Vivian Tarwater, Blake & Mary Ann Johnson, Lori Menefee, W. Collins & Cassidy Brown, Marianne Cash, Cullen Taylor, and David & Phaedra Taylor.

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Wendell Kimbrough Fairhope, Alabama

Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of American folk and soul music, , Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies. His music is embraced by churches across the country, young and old, praise bands and choral groups. ... more

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Track Name: Then At Last (Psalm 32)
Blest is the soul that’s free from deceit—
No need to hide what he says from what he means.
Blest is the heart forgiven by love,
Whose every fault our good Lord covers up.

Long I disguised and buried my shame;
Ran through the night and I groaned through the day.
Shelter I sought and thought I was safe,
Oh silent soul, how you wasted away!

Then at last I told all my sins,
And with shouts of joy, loving arms took me in
To my one true hiding place:
In the love of God and the family of grace!

So listen up, if you truly want to live:
Do not hide alone in the dark like this one fool did.
Be not like the mule as he fights against the reins.
Come let your broken heart be bound by grace!

Words and Music: © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough
Track Name: Oh Give Thanks (Psalm 107)
Oh Give Thanks (Psalm 107)

We were wand’ring in the desert with our souls so starved and weak.
We were hungry for a homeland we did not know how to seek.
But we lifted up our voices to the only One who hears;
And the God of mercy came and brought us near.

We were locked out of the garden, and our backs bent down with pain.
In the shadow of death's darkness, we were slaves to sin and blame.
Then we cried out in our labor to the only One who hears,
And the God of mercy wiped away our tears.

Chorus:
Oh give thanks to the LORD for His love endures forever!
We were wandering and lost, and our Father brought us home,
To a safe dwelling place, to a feast of joy and laughter.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

We were fools in our rebellion, with our hunger strike of pride.
We were sick and growing closer to the death we should have died.
Then he heard of our condition, and he called us by our names;
And the God of glory took away our shame.

We were far out on the ocean, making wealth and chasing dreams,
But the waves of great destruction brought us tremb’ling to our knees.
Then we cried like drunken sailors to the only One who hears,
And the God of comfort took away our fears.
Words and Music: © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough
Track Name: I'll Not Be Shaken (Psalm 62)
For God alone, I wait in silence;
My soul is still before the Lord.
He is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress strong; I trust in Him.

Chorus:
I’ll not be shaken! I’ll not be shaken,
For all my hope is in His love.
From God alone comes my salvation;
I wait and trust His steadfast love!

Put not your hope in gain of riches;
Seek not your rest in empty wealth.
The rich are weak; the poor are mighty,
Who turn to God alone for help.

Pour out your heart to God our refuge
And trust in Him to hear you cry.
No other hope will never fail you;
No other love will not run dry.
Words and Music ©2015 Wendell Kimbrough.
Track Name: The Hope of the Poor (Psalm 9)
The Lord is a home for all the oppressed
In times of trouble and need.
To all who will come and trust in His name,
A refuge and strength He will be.

Chorus:
The needy will not be forsaken,
and the hope of the poor will not die;
For God who is mighty in judgment
Does not forget their cry!

Arise, O my Lord and answer my call;
My heart cries out to be heard!
I’ve no other hope than your gracious love;
I trust and cling to your word.

Bridge: The Lord has heard our cry!
The Lord has heard our cry!
The Lord has not forsaken us;
The Lord has heard our cry!

So sing out to God who sits on the throne,
Proclaim his marvelous ways!
Our rescue has come! For all he has done,
We offer our lives in praise!

End: The Lord has heard our cry!
The Lord has heard our cry!
Track Name: We Will Say In That Day (Isaiah 12)
We Will Say In That Day (Isaiah 12)
You will see there a highway from God’s own hand
That will lead back the lost to the Promised Land;
And the voice of the Savior will call us friends,
Saying, “Join in the song of the Lord!”

We will call back our armies: “Return from war!”
And we’ll make into plowshares our useless swords,
Very soon to for-get what they once were for,
When we join in the song of the Lord!

We will say in that day, “To the Lord, give thanks!”
We will not be afraid, for He comes to save.
We will shout; we will call every tribe and race,
“Come and join in the song of the Lord!”

You will see there a banquet for sinners spread,
Where we’ll sit with the Lord at the table’s head;
And our Shepherd himself is our wine and bread.
And we’ll join in the song of the Lord!

When the remnant return to the promised land;
When the highway of God brings us home to Him;
We’ll be welcomed with love by our Savior friend;
And we’ll join in the song of the Lord!

Words & Music: © 2016 Wendell Kimbrough.
Track Name: Rejoice In All Your Works (Psalm 104)
Rejoice In All Your Works (Psalm 104)

Every mouth that cries for food,
Every lung that yearns for breath,
Every eye that searches through the dark for light—
All creation looks to you
For its breath and for its food.
From the goodness of your hand we’re satisfied.

Chorus:
Oh rejoice in all your works,
King of Heaven, King of Earth!
Every creature you have made declares your praise.
We rejoice in all you’ve made,
God of all-sustaining grace!
With the mountain, sky, and sea, we sing your praise!

Every tree that thirsts for rain,
Every bird that seeks its nest,
Every heart that waits in hope to be made glad—
All creation looks to you
For its breath and for its food.
From the goodness of your hand we’re satisfied

May the pond’rings of my heart,
And the song upon my lips,
With the chorus of creation join in praise:
To the God who made all things,
To the Spirit who sustains,
To the Son who over all creation reigns!
Words and Music: © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough.
Track Name: We Long To See You (Psalm 24)
Almighty God, we long to see you;
Open our hearts and make them pure.
Spirit, we wash our hands in mercy;
Come teach our souls to love your truth.
© 2015 Wendell Kimbrough
Track Name: Wake Up O Daughter Of Zion
Wake Up O Daughter of Zion
Wake up, O daughter of Zion!
Leave here your clothing of shame.
No more the orphan or harlot,
See, I give you a new name!

Chorus:
Take up these garments of splendor;
Beautiful daughter, rise up!
Feel my great mercy surround you;
Dress in the gown of my love.

“Beautiful bride,” He has called you.
“Sought after, married, redeemed.”
“You’ll be the crown of my glory;
You, my most highly esteemed.”

Glorious there in her chamber,
Wearing the robe of the king.
See him delight in her beauty;
With joy and gladness he sings:

Words and Music © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough.
Track Name: Eternal Weight of Glory
Eternal Weight of Glory
Now the days and hours and moments
Of our suff’ring seem so long;
And the toilsome wait and wond’ring
Threaten silence to our song.
Now our pain is real and pressing
Where our faith is thin and weak,
But our hope is set on Jesus;
And we cling to him, our strength.

Oh eternal weight of glory!
Oh inheritance divine!
We will see our Lord redeeming
Every past and future time.
All our pains will be transfigured,
Like the scars of Christ our Lord.
We will see the weight of glory,
And our broken years restored.

Chorus:
For behold! I tell a myst’ry:
At the trumpet sound we’ll wake
“Death is swallowed up in vict’ry!”
When we meet our King of Grace
Every year we thought was wasted
Every night we cried “How long?”
All will be a passing moment
In our Savior’s vict’ry song

We will see our wounded Savior.
We’ll behold him face to face;
And we’ll hear our anguished stories
Sung as vict’ry songs of grace.

Words and Music: © 2015 Wendell Kimbrough.
Track Name: In You Oh Lord I Am Found (Psalm 139)
O Lord, you know me and search me out:
My habits and thoughts, my secret doubts,
My dreams at night, the words of my mouth.
In you, O Lord, I am found;
Oh, in you, O Lord, I am found.

I know not all my own heart and mind,
My wandering soul, my sleepless eyes;
I long for you but from you I hide.
In you, O Lord, I am found;
Oh, in you, O Lord, I am found.

Though darkness covers my hope and sight
And night overtakes my troubled mind
In darkness you, my Daylight will shine
In you, O Lord, I am found;
Oh, in you, O Lord, I am found.

Before my birth, you composed my frame.
You gazed in my eyes and knew my name;
You wrote with love each one of my days.
In you, O Lord, I am found;
Oh, in you, O Lord, I am found.

Where can I run from your love so deep,
So boundless and strong, so rich, so free?
No height, nor depth can separate me:
In you, O Lord, I am found;
Oh, in you, O Lord, I am found.

Words and Music: © 2013 Wendell Kimbrough.