Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven by Matthew Smith

I don’t normally recommend much music on this site.  However, I am loving what I have heard of Matthew Smith’s new CD/album, Watch the Rising Day.  Musically, it is simply good stuff.  Lyrically, the songs I have heard are full of rich theological truth.  This is music to feed the soul.

This particular son, Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven is partly based on a hymn by Henry W. Baker.  Below I have listed the lyrics for you to follow along with the song or just to read on their own.

Once on a dreary mountain
We wandered far and wide,
Far from the cleansing fountain
Far from the pierced side
But Jesus sought and found us
And washed our guilt away
With cords of love He bound us
To be His own today

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus’ precious blood
Heirs of His home in heaven
Oh, praise our pardoning God

Dear Lord receive the glory
Of each recovered soul
Oh who can tell the story
Of love that made us whole?
Not our, not ours, the merit
Be Yours alone the praise
And ours a thankful spirit
To serve You all our days

Now keep us, holy Savior
In Your true love and fear
And grant us by Your favor
The grace to persevere

Till in Your new creation
When Earth meets Heaven’s shore
We find our full salvation
And praise You evermore

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5 thoughts on “Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven by Matthew Smith

  1. Thanks Frank…you cost me $16.99 as I had to have the album after checking this out! Seriously, I had never heard of him before your post, but I am impressed and really like it. Maybe he should give you a referral fee 🙂

  2. Joe (and Frank),

    If you like Matthew Smith, you definitely need to check out Indelible Grace–the consortium of musicians of which Matthew Smith is a member. They put out albums of old hymns to new music. An excellent set of music; I think they’ve put out around 6-7 albums. Mr. Smith, additionally, has put out at least 3 other albums. All really good stuff; I use it all the time when doing music at my church. So yeah, if you like the rich theology and the solid musical craftsmanship, check out Indelible Grace. Enjoy!

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