Soul Thirst

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Original Music, Uncategorized

Soul Thirst.  A thirst more fundamental to my existence.  More foundational to what I am.  What is an ocean wave if it has no water?  What purpose is the leaf to the tree if it is not green with chlorophyll?  How lovely is the moon, if the sun doesn’t shine on it?

This is my life in relationship to God!  What is my life if there is no God?  What good am I if He does not fill me?

Soul Thirst.  Based on Psalm 63. (more songs available at http://www.noisetrade.com/seancovington)

Like water to the wave,         You are beautiful.
As green is to the leaf,           You are beautiful.
Sunlight on the face of the moon.
You are so beautiful.

From nothing to this sculpted world!
All colors of the weaver’s loom.
Expanding out from start to end,
Yet age to age You never change!

Oh how my soul thirsts for you!
How my flesh faints, for your touch, God!
Oh how my soul thirsts for you!
How my flesh faints, for your touch, oh God!
But Your unfailing love,
Your unfailing love,
is beauty to my life…

Like stars are to the night,          You are beautiful,
Like mother to a child,                You are beautiful,
Wind upon the waves of the sea,
You are so beautiful!

I cling to You with feeble hands,
Your strength is there to help me stand,
I sing out from the safest place,
Your shield above me where I am!

Oh how my soul thirsts for you!
How my flesh faints, for your touch, God!
Oh how my soul thirsts for you!
How my flesh faints, for your touch, oh God!
But Your unfailing love,
Your unfailing love,
is beauty to my life…

I have felt Your presence,
In Your sanctuary,
And I have gazed upon You,
With all Your power and glory,
But Your unfailing love-
Your unfailing love-
is beauty to my life….

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With the Lord

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

With the Lord is my own special version of Psalm 23- a psalm of peace giving.  The gist of the song is actually a rewrite of a song I wrote on the same Psalm five or six years ago.  It’s tough because the other song is beautiful and near to my heart, but this is more singable, and therefore maybe more useful to a greater number of people.  Which is a value of mine.  Perhaps one day I will go back and record that first draft of the song.  But for now, this song moves me no less because it is sourced in the same timeless scripture- With the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall not want.  

With the Lord (downloadable song link)

You are my Lord-
You are the one who takes my hand,
and leads me out,
From the noise, to the quiet,

Of waters still, and quiet streams,
of meadows lush and pastures green,
where the whisper of your voice can bring refreshing-

You make my path,
and with Your hands You set my foot,
Through darkest vale, I am firm in Your blessing-

Though all along the evil waits,
Your rod and staff will be my strength,
When the night falls I will sit at your table,

           With the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall not be in want,
           With the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall not be in want,
            Surely goodness and His love will follow me,
            In the presence of enemies, He will honor me,
           And I will dwell in His house, dwell in His house,
           dwell in His house always….

          With the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall not be in want,
          With the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall not be in want,
           Surely goodness and His love will follow me,
           In the presence of enemies He will honor me,
          Surely goodness and His love will follow me,
          For His purpose and His cause He will cover me,
          I will dwell in His house…
                     Dwell in His house…
                     Dwell in His house, always…. 

“Alle Alleluia” was a personal challenge.  Alleluia is a cry of praise- “Give Great Thanks”

But I wanted to challenge myself that was outside your typical 3, or 4 chord pop song.  And really, it started with a bass line and a power-house, 4-on-the-floor drum beat.  This song is supposed to be a booty-shaker.  Because sometimes that’s all that’s left.  Straight up, foot stompin, hand slappin, butt shakin, great-thanks-givin singin.  Alle- Alleluia.

Alle’ Alleluia (downloadable song file)

Daily I lift my hands and sing! (alle- alleluia!)
To the One who takes away my shame… (alle- alleluia)

A-  lle lu ia, A-men!

A day of celebration’s come! (alle-alleluia)
Our liberation has begun, oh yeah…

A-  lle lu ia, A-men!

             Alleluia!  Alleluia, Our Savior reigns,
             Alleluia!  Alleluia, He breaks our chains!
             Over death and grave and sin…
             He’s our risen, conquering King!  King above all Kings!

the Church from ev’ry nation come (alle- alleluia)
Raise up a song to Heaven’s throne!  (alle- alleluia)

A-  lle lu ia, A-men!

Heavenly Father, take our praise! (alle- alleluia)
Our King of Glory, King of Strength! (alle- alleluia)

             Alleluia!  Alleluia, Our Savior reigns,
             Alleluia!  Alleluia, He breaks our chains!
             Over death and grave and sin…
             He’s our risen, conquering King!  King above all Kings! 

This is a song I recently completed for use in a local congregation.  This month they are taking a journey, looking at ways Jesus was forecasted in the physical manifestations of God in the OLD TESTAMENT.

They are looking at 4 specific instances, including God’s covenant with Abram, from Genesis 15, the adventures of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as they are protected from the fires of the furnace by a 4th character, the 3 visitors to Abram and Sarai, and Isaiah in the throneroom of God.

There are other instances where Jesus is suggested in the Old Testament.  More than any one song could endeavor to contain.  Please take time to drink in His Spirit, through humble efforts.

Soli Deo Gloria. 

Always With Us (downloadable song file)

In the beginning,
When the first leaf fell,
While the water was still clear,

Knowing my frailty,
You came and dressed my shame,
And a promise was made, that

You would come re-pair, that
You were al-ways there…

     When You bound yourself, (you were always with us)
     In the fiery furnace,             (you were always with us)
     When the rock spilt water,  (you were always with us)
 When I a-rise at Your throne…

In every lifetime,
With each generation, Sin
Escalated, tears,

Bound as a servant,
You came in cov’nant,
And a Promise was made, that

You would come re-pair, that
You were al-ways there…

     When You bound yourself, (you were always with us)
     In the fiery furnace,               (you were always with us)
     When the rock spilt water,  (you were always with us)
 When I a-rise at Your throne…

words and music by Sean Covington, (c) 2012 Stories & Fingerprints Music

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