Our Strivings Cease

by Advent Birmingham

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1.
1. Unless our Sovereign builds the house, The builders labor all in vain; Unless Almighty God keeps watch, All other guards keep watch in vain. 2. In vain we rise in morning’s light, And labor long before we cease; We eat the bread of anxious toil, God labors while we rest in peace. The Lord will fight for us, And we will praise; And as His kingdom comes, We’ll stand amazed. The Lord will fight for us, Our strivings cease; And while he labors on, We rest in peace. 3. Our sons are God’s inheritance, Our daughters are rewards of grace; Like arrows in a warrior’s hand Are children born in youthful days. (Chorus) 4. Bless’d is the one whose quiver brims With arrows for the day of war; They’ll never know defeat or shame, But victory on Satan’s shore. (Chorus)
2.
1. I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek him, seeking me; It was not I that found, O Savior true; It was not I, no, I was found of thee. Not I, but Christ; Not I, but Christ. Thou art the seeker, And I the found. 2. Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold; I walked and sank not on the stormy sea; ’Twas not so much that I on thee took hold; As thou, dear Lord, had taken hold of me. (Chorus) 3. What but such grace can woo my heart to love— To worship thee and seek my neighbor’s best? When in the end I reach the heav’ns above, All was of grace that lifted me to rest. (Chorus) Glory to God, And to the Son, And to the Spirit, For I am found. To God the glory, For I am found.
3.
1. Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hear all the tribes hosanna cry! O Savior meek, pursue your road With palms and scattered garments stroked. 2. Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. O Christ, your triumphs now begin O’er captive death and conquered sin. Ride on to die; ride on to die; Then take, O Christ, your power and reign. 3. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! The hosts of angels in the sky Look down with sad and wondering eyes To see th’approaching Sacrifice. 4. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! Your last and fiercest strife is nigh. The Father on his sapphire throne Awaits his own anointed Son. (Chorus) 5. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! In lowly pomp, ride on to die. Bow your meek head to mortal pain, Then take, O Christ, your power and reign. (Chorus)
4.
1. When we see the risen Savior with the bread that he has blessed, He becomes the living Servant, heav’nly food for holy rest. Stay with us, for day is fading, feast with us, O secret King, Show to us how Scripture’s story speaks of you in everything. Do not our hearts burn now? For you’re here in power. 2. Jesus, show yourself the Author and Perfecter of our faith, In your living and your dying, consummation of God’s grace. From creation to the exile, incarnation to the grave, Resurrection to ascension; come, O Jesus, come to save. Do not our hearts burn now? For you’re here in power. Open our eyes, shine on our sight, O risen Lord, reigning on high; Give us your life, bread from the skies; Lift up our hearts, open our eyes. 3. You’re the Word that spoke creation, you’re the end of Moses’ Law, You’re the goal of Abram’s blessing, you’re the King whom David saw; You’re the Day the prophets longed for, you’re the covenant of grace, You’re the hero of the Scriptures, now we see you face to face. Do not our hearts burn now? For you’re here in power. (Chorus) 4. Jesus, show yourself the Prophet, Jesus, show yourself the King, Jesus, show yourself the Priest, all in all, and everything.
5.
1. Light after darkness, gain after loss, Strength after weakness, crown after cross; Sweet after bitter, hope after fears, Home after wandering, praise after tears. 2. Sheaves after sowing, sun after rain, Sight after mystery, peace after pain; Joy after sorrow, calm after blast, Rest after weariness, sweet rest at last. Weeping may remain for a night But joy arrives in morning’s new light I’ll praise the God of merciful plight Still I will praise him, still I will praise him, my God. 3. Near after distant, gleam after gloom, Love after loneliness, life after tomb; After long agony, rapture of bliss, Right was the pathway, leading to this. You give and you take away In darkness still I will say: “A good God I serve this day.” Still I will praise you, still I will praise you.
6.
1. O God, you are my God, Earnestly I seek you, Ever fainting for you. O God, you are my God, In a barren wasteland, Waterless and tasteless. O God, I have looked on you; O God, glory shining through. O your love is better than life; O your love is better than life. I will praise you, I will bless you As long as I live. O your love is better than life; O your love is better than life. I will praise you, I will bless you As long as I live. 2. O God, you are my God, My fullest satisfaction, My joyful adoration. O God, you are my God, My evening meditation, My song in tribulation. O God, my soul clings to you; O God, your hand holds me through. (Chorus) In your name, I will lift up my hands. (4X) (Chorus) 3. O God, you are my God, The enemy that seeks me, You’ll crush him underneath me. O God, you are my God, Your sword will ever guard me, Your Word will ever guide me. O God, as I joy in you, O God, Satan can’t accuse. (Bridge) (Chorus)
7.
1. Come, thou Almighty King, help us thy name to sing. Help us to praise: Father all glorious, o’er all victorious, Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days. 2. Come, thou Incarnate Word, gird on thy mighty sword Our prayers attend. Come, and thy people bless, and give thy Word success Spirit of holiness, on us descend. 3. Come, Holy Comforter, thy sacred witness bear In this glad hour. Thou, who almighty art, now rule in ev’ry heart, And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of Pow’r. Father, now call us out of our wandering. Jesus, now come and cast out our fear. Spirit, now preach the Son to our deafness: Open our hearts, open our hearts. 4. To thee, great One in Three, eternal praises be Hence evermore: Thy sov’reign majesty may we in glory see, And to eternity, love and adore.
8.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts; Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory, glory, glory be to thee Glory, glory, glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.
9.
1. My Savior left His throne above Exchanged His wealth for poverty He took my hate and gave His love All this and more He did for me Because He chose the lowly way And bowed before His Father’s will I can with all assurance say My God is near and loves me still My God is near and loves me still 2. He felt the storms of human pain He felt temptation’s whelming seas He felt the tears of sorrow’s rain All this and more He felt for me Because He knows my every strife And is acquainted with my grief I can’t be shaken in this life The Friend of Sinners walks with me The Friend of Sinners walks with me 3. He kept His Father’s every word The Law He followed perfectly So all God’s pleasure He secured All this and more He earned for me Because His righteous life is mine And all His merits now I own I am a child of God on high I am adopted, loved, and known I am adopted, loved, and known 4. When Jesus left His heavenly home His face was set on Calvary The steepest hill He climbed alone All this and more He did for me Because He died once for all time And bore the curse of death and hell Final forgiveness here is mine So it is finished, all is well Yes, it is finished, all is well

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released November 18, 2018

Gang Vocals - Lucas Asbury, Ben Lashley, Annie Lee, Bethany Rushing
Acoustic - Zac Hicks
Electrics - Hunter Sandlin, Zac Hicks
Pedal Steel - Ford Boswell
Violin - Melanie Rodgers
Keys, Accordion - Joey Seales
Bass - Taylor Propp
Drums - Leif Bondarenko

Produced by Zac Hicks
Recorded at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL)
Engineered by Kent Michael (Birmingham, AL)
Mixed and Mastered by Eric Bates at Bates Brothers Recording (Birmingham, AL)

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