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time to take time / be still

be still 2389New Years Greetings.

Two new songs (with vocals yet to come) for the new year – all about taking time out, being still, time reflecting, time in prayer, time with God. Inspired by two scripture passages:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Luke 1:35

“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a

 

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You are … final files, including backing track

Hi all.

Finished working on the writing of my paraphrase of Psalm 46:

God is my refuge and strength; an ever-present help in times of trouble

Have taken a while on this, for as shared previously, these have been words that I have found so affirming in this stage of the journey.  An earlier post unpacks the background to the writing.  Updated lyrics below, including a totally-revised third verse – not a bridge.  Much happier with this, musically.  You don’t want much musical ‘activity’ while singing Be still and know I’m God.

 

Not sure if or how I’ll use this song.  That’s not the point.  God spoke to me one Tuesday morning through these time-treasured words … and I sought to do something about it.  David

music score
backing track (with melody line)

You are

God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, God
Lord when troubles rise;
my help always
God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, Lord
My strong fortress, my rock
all my days.

We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
though the mountains tumble and fall
We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
We will praise you as Lord of all

“So be still and know I’m God
So be still and know I’m God
So be still and know I’m God,
that I am God!”

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, you are God
God, you are our strength
God, you are our life
You are hope
You are love
You are God.

David MacGregor
© 2012 Willow Publishing
adapted from verses in Psalm 46

you are

Hi!

Challenging times. Didn’t sleep well last night. Waking around 5.30, went for a walk – something I’m trying to get into the habit of.  I took my iPhone with me, ready to listen to some music, as you do …

Somehow, with much turning over in mind … and through much of the night, I found myself turning to the music of the psalms. Increasingly I say “yes” within myself when I hear the Psalms described as God’s prayerbook.

So it was that the words of Psalm 46 spoke into my spirit as I walked silently.  Words like these …

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

 “Be still, and know that I am God! 

And so it was that I found these words (and a few additional thoughts of my own) being transformed into song.  A vocal recording and music score later … haven’t been in the ‘space’ to write for seemingly a long time until now.

You are    You are BACKING TRACK

 

God, you are my strength
God, my refuge, Lord
Lord when troubles rise,
my help always
God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, Lord
My strong fortress, my rock
all my days.

We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
though the mountains tumble and fall
We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
We will praise you as Lord of all

So we still our hearts
So we still our minds
We exalt you and know you are God
So we still our hearts
So we still our minds
We exalt you and know you are God

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
God, you are our strength
God, you are our life
You are hope
You are love
You are God.

 David MacGregor
 © 2012 Willow Publishing
 adapted from verses in Psalm 46

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