Centerpiece Volume II: Shelter and Shade

by Stephen McNeill

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1.
The earth is full of your steadfast love, oh Lord The earth is full of your steadfast love From mountain high to meadow green I have tasted, I have seen The earth is full of your steadfast love You multiply your wondrous deeds toward us You daily prove your faithfulness All your children will proclaim The glory of our Father’s name You multiply your wondrous deeds You are a hiding place for me On the day when trouble comes and brings me low When my enemies surround, your deliverance resounds Though the darkness falls, you will preserve my soul The earth is full of your steadfast love, oh Lord Your mercy rich forever stands In the world we will have trouble But you give to us your peace The earth is full of your steadfast love I lift my eyes up to the hills To the one who made the heavens and the earth Though my faith shifts like the wind, his grace to me will never end He will keep me both now and forevermore I will trust (I will trust him, I will trust him) In your steadfast love (I will trust his steadfast love) I will trust (I will trust him, I will trust him) In your steadfast love (I will trust his steadfast love) I will trust in your steadfast love
2.
I am the son who fled his home You are the Father I disowned When grief was all my wandering earned You held a feast when I returned May I forgive, as I have been forgiven May I lend, expecting nothing in return May your power be perfected in my weakness Oh God, give me grace To love as I have been loved I am the man beside the road Beaten, bloody, dying slow You are the one who stopped to help Compassion thinks not of itself May I forgive, as I have been forgiven May I lend, expecting nothing in return May your power be perfected in my weakness Oh God, give me grace To love as I have been loved “Be merciful, even as your father is merciful. Freely you received, freely give. Love your enemies and bless those who curse you” May I forgive, as I have been forgiven May I lend, expecting nothing in return May your power be perfected in my weakness Oh God, give me grace To love as I have been loved
3.
Strange and mysterious is my life, What opposites I feel within! A stable peace, a constant strife, The rule of grace, the pow'r of sin: Too often I am captive led, Yet daily triumph in my Head. I prize the privilege of prayer, But o! what backwardness to pray! Though on the Lord I cast my care, I feel its burden every day: I seek his will in all I do, Yet find my own is working too. I call the promises my own, And prize them more than mines of gold; Yet though their sweetness I have known, They leave me unimpressed and cold One hour upon the truth I feed, The next I know not what I read. I love the holy day of rest, When Jesus meets his gathered saints; Sweet day, of all the week the best! For its return my spirit pants: Yet often, through my unbelief, It proves a day of guilt and grief. While on my Savior I rely, I know my foes shall lose their aim; And therefore dare their pow'r defy, Assured of conquest through his name: But soon my confidence is slain, And all my fears return again. Thus different pow'rs within me strive, And grace, and sin, by turns prevail; I grieve, rejoice, decline, revive, And vict'ry hangs in doubtful scale: But Jesus has his promise passed, That grace shall overcome at last.
4.
In the garden, You prayed For the cup of grief to pass A weight so great, You would be crushed beneath the task And yet you bore All my punishment and pain That I might bear The light of my Redeemer's name We will count it all joy Every trial, every tear When the bitter cup we drink overflows You are shelter and shade Ever sure, ever near Though we suffer, we are not left alone We are never left alone "Abba, Father!" we cry As we wrestle with our fears Your Spirit speaks Giving grace to persevere The strife we face In this storm that will not yield Does not compare To the glory that will be revealed in us Let Your glory be revealed in us We will count it all joy Every trial, every tear When the bitter cup we drink overflows You are shelter and shade Ever sure, ever near Though we suffer, we are not left alone We will look to the life of the world to come When all of creation is redeemed As we pray that on earth Your kingdom come, Your will be done in all things Let your will be done in all things We will count it all joy Every trial, every tear When the bitter cup we drink overflows You are shelter and shade Ever sure, ever near Though we suffer, we are not left alone We will look to the life of the world to come When all of creation is redeemed As we pray that on earth Your kingdom come, Your will be done in all things Let your will be done in all things Though my troubles may not cease Let your will be done in all things There is nothing better for me Let your will be done in all things
5.
It is good to give you thanks, oh Lord Good to sing your praise To declare your faithfulness by night, Your steadfast love each day You have made me glad By the work of your hands The riches of your grace You have been my rock And my righteousness And you will be all my days In the presence of my enemies, When the shadows grow so long You prepare a lavish feast for me You sing a victor's song You have made me glad By the work of your hands The riches of your grace You have been my rock And my righteousness And you will be all my days As the redwoods tower overhead Or the roses blush in bloom So your people flourish unrestrained When they find their all in you You have made me glad By the work of your hands The riches of your grace You have been my rock And my righteousness And you will be all my days
6.
Spirit, come as love that I may adore the Father, who makes the orphans family, and love him as my all Spirit, come as joy, planting roots within me deeply to bear fruits of obedience, to animate my love As the sun is full of light, as the waters fill the sea As your glory fills the earth, may my heart be full of thee Spirit, come as light to illuminate the Scriptures, to guide me into wisdom, to mold me in your ways Spirit, come as pow’r to expel my rebel longings to reign supreme, unrivaled to daily sanctify As the sun is full of light, as the waters fill the sea As your glory fills the earth, may my heart be full of thee As a fountain unimpaired, cleanse within and give me sight Of realities unseen, of the life I have in Christ May I gladly now forsake every idol I have known, leave their empty promises, clinging to the cross alone Spirit come, my help with the strength to bless and keep me From chaos and confusion, bring order, beauty, peace As the sun is full of light, as the waters fill the sea As your glory fills the earth, may my heart be full of thee
7.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people Turn away our eyes From worthless things and revive us in your way Let us not turn back But let us rest in Your nearness day by day Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people Faithfulness and steadfast love spring up From the goodness You have sown Righteousness and justice Are the fruit of the mercy you have shown Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people Let me hear what God the Lord will speak He will speak peace to his people
8.
Trust in the Lord, you will find new strength The Lord remembers his people Look to the hills, your deliverer comes The Lord remembers his people Oh, how I long to be out of the sand, My feet on a rock, my legs strong to stand Troubles consume me, I don’t understand I cry in distress, I reach for your hand Trust in the Lord, you will find new strength The Lord remembers his people Look to the hills, your deliverer comes The Lord remembers his people You bared your arm in the midst of the sea, When Jericho fell, with young David’s sling You brought an end to sin’s reign over me Oh Lord, give me faith, oh help me believe Trust in the Lord, you will find new strength The Lord remembers his people Look to the hills, your deliverer comes The Lord remembers his people You put a new song in my mouth You reign over all, you reign over all You turn a gracious ear to me You hear when I call, you hear when I call All I have gained, I have counted as loss To know Christ my king, to cling to his cross Trust in the Lord, you will find new strength The Lord remembers his people Look to the hills, your deliverer comes The Lord remembers his people
9.
Great source of boundless pow'r and grace, Attend my mournful cry; In the dark hour of deep distress, To thee, to thee I fly. Thou art my strength, my life, my stay, Assist my feeble trust; Drive these distressing fears away, And raise me from the dust. O let me call thy grace to mind, And trust thy glorious name; Jehovah, pow'rful, wise, and kind, Forever is the same. Here let me rest, on thee depend, My God, my hope, my all; Be thou my everlasting friend, And I can never fall. O let me call thy grace to mind, And trust thy glorious name; Jehovah, pow'rful, wise, and kind, Forever is the same.
10.
For God alone, my soul waits in silence From him comes my salvation He alone is my rock and my fortress I shall not be greatly shaken For God alone, my soul waits in silence From him comes my salvation He alone is my rock and my fortress I shall not be greatly shaken Trust in him at all times, my soul Pour out your heart before him God is a refuge for us God is a refuge for us
11.
Sing to the Lord He has triumphed in glory Over our enemies strong This is our God, The God of our fathers Praise him, with shouts and with song The Lord is our keeper Our footsteps are firm Forevermore shall these things be The Lord is our keeper, Our wondrous salvation, Our warrior, champion, king After the plagues, When he rescued his people, Leading them out to be free, Pharaoh pursued But the Lord fought the battle, Burying him in the sea The Lord is our keeper Our sovereign defender, Our final and sure victory The Lord is our keeper, Our wondrous salvation, Our warrior, champion, king We walk a path That is steep and is shrouded Narrow, with thorns overgrown Faithful is he, Our Savior who called us He will not leave us alone The Lord is our keeper Our shade for the journey, Our light, our preserver, our home The Lord is our keeper, Our wondrous salvation, Our warrior, champion, king Who is like you, So majestic and holy Awesome in glorious deeds? Steadfast, your love Is the pillar that leads us, The strength of the ones you redeem The Lord is our keeper So, let us hold fast And follow wherever he leads The Lord is our keeper, Our wondrous salvation, Our warrior, champion, king
12.
The Church has waited long Her absent Lord to see; And still in loneliness she waits, A friendless stranger she. Age after age has gone, Sun after sun has set, And still, in weeds of widowhood, She weeps, a mourner yet. Saint after saint on earth Has lived, and loved, and died; And as they left us one by one, We laid them side by side. We laid them down to sleep, But not in hope forlorn— We laid them but to ripen there Until that glorious morn. The serpent’s brood increase, The powers of hell grow bold, The conflict thickens, faith is low, And love is waxing cold. How long, O Lord our God, Holy and true and good, Wilt Thou not judge Thy suffering church, Her sighs and tears and blood? We long to hear Thy voice, To see Thee face to face, To share Thy crown and glory then, As now we share Thy grace Should not the loving bride The absent Bridegroom mourn? Should she not wear the weeds of grief Until her Lord return? Come, Lord, and wipe away The curse, the sin, the stain, And make this blighted world of ours Thine own fair world again.
13.
The seed has fallen deep into the soil The ground, well-tended, carefully prepared Receives and keeps the tender life unspoiled As it begins to climb for light and air The Sower’s field grows full beneath the sun As truth takes root and bears the fruit of faith The harvest of the kingdom soon will come Too plentiful a bounty to contain We labor on; the Spirit goes before us As we proclaim good news to all the world We labor on for Christ will be victorious We will press on until our Lord returns The Spirit works in ways we cannot see For only he can change the sinner’s heart: His boundless grace, an awesome mystery, The second birth, a matchless work of art We labor on; the Spirit goes before us As we proclaim good news to all the world We labor on for Christ will be victorious We will press on until our Lord returns One day, the saints of God will take their rest When all the work is finally complete Around the table, we will sit as guests Gathered as one to share the Master’s feast We labor on; the Spirit goes before us As we proclaim good news to all the world We labor on for Christ will be victorious We will press on until our Lord returns We labor on; the work is laid before us We labor on though all creation groans We labor on until we join the chorus When every knee shall bow before his throne Yes, every knee shall bow before his throne Every knee shall bow before his throne

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released November 29, 2019

Recorded at The Traveling Salesman and Young Avenue Sound from May to September 2019

Produced by Stephen McNeill
with Andrew McNeill

Executive Producers: Vintage Church and Doug McNeill

Mixed by Calvin Lauber

Mastered by Kevin Nix at LNix Mastering

Engineered by Stephen McNeill at The Traveling Salesman in Olive Branch, MS
Additional engineering by Calvin Lauber (assisted by Blair Davis) at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, TN

All instruments played by Stephen McNeill except where noted.

Art and design by Brannon McAllister

Cover illustrations by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)

© 2019 Stephen McNeill. All rights reserved.

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