Songs of Lament

by Rachel Wilhelm

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1.
Have Mercy Now on Us Written by: Rachel Wilhelm Chorus: Have mercy now on us (Have Mercy) Have mercy now on us (Have mercy Lord) Have mercy now on us (Have Mercy) Have mercy now on us (Have mercy Lord) 1. When we’re struggling to make ends meet When we’re stumbling on our feet When we’re tired, when we’re weak When we’re so thirsty, we cannot speak Chorus 2. Break our hearts, our love renew We are blind here without You Tasting gall, tasting death May we fear You with each breath Chorus
2.
Psalm 13 04:54
Psalm 13 Written and Arranged by Rachel Wilhelm & Andy Zipf How long, O Lord will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul And have sorrow in my heart all the day? Chorus: Oh, how long? Lord, how long? Hear us Lord, how long? Oh, how long? Lord, how long? Answer us, how long? How long... Consider me and answer me Lord my God. Light my eyes lest I sleep the sleep of death. Lest my enemies say, “I’ve prevailed over him.” Lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. Chorus Outro: How long....
3.
Out of the Depths Written by Rachel Wilhelm Out of the depths, of the depths, of the depths Out of the depths, of the depths, of the depths I cry to You I cry to You I wait for You, wait for You, wait for You I wait for You, wait for You, wait for You My soul does wait My soul does wait We are lost, we are lost, we are lost In this wilderness, wilderness, wilderness Redeem us, redeem us, redeem us, redeem us
4.
My Heart Is Faint (from Jeremiah 9) Written by Rachel Wilhelm My heart is faint within me I’d weep the day and night For the cleansing of the sinner For the cleansing of Your bride Chorus: I lift my hands I lay down my life Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry My eyes a fountain of tears O Comforter in sorrow For the penance of the wicked For the healing of tomorrow Chorus 2: I lift my voice I commit my life Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry I lift my voice I lay down my life Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry O merciful God, I cry O merciful God, I cry
5.
Wayward Bride (from Ezekiel 16) Written by Rachel Wilhelm; Placed in your heart, the stone and the carved image I gave all you want, but you turn, a soul imprisoned I drew you from the open field, Where you were cast and abhorred My garment, from the cold, a shield, Your body, full, adorned Chorus: I will stretch out My hand I will give to the fire I will lay all bare As you climb in the mire How love-sick your heart, you built yourself a vaulted chamber Your beauty mirrored death, to run to another savior O twisted love, oh how you’ve strayed Affections, turned, a lofty place, Wayward bride, this price the grave Oh how will it be paid? Chorus: When I will stretch out My hand I will give to the fire I will lay all bare As you climb in the mire I’ll bring you back to Me, My vow sure, My love still true And all will see your shame, But I will be atonement for you
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Lamentations 1 Written by Rachel Wilhelm & Tim Wilhelm Piano composition by Tim Wilhelm 1. How lonely sits the city that once was full of people How like a stricken widow she’s become Her splendor and beauty, unmatched among the nations Her royal crown is twisted into chains Chorus: She weeps, she weeps 2. Judah has wandered in exile and affliction A sojourner in lands that aren’t her own They have overtaken her, hunted and abandoned Trodden down like grapes pressed into wine Chorus 3. She has seen the nations within her sanctuary From on high the Lord has sent His fire Mocking and jeering, the enemy has triumphed “Look and see, O Lord!” she cries aloud Chorus
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Habakkuk’s Call (Habakkuk 1:2 & 1:5) Taken from ESV Bible; Written by Rachel Wilhelm & Andy Zipf Call: O Lord, how long shall I cry for help And You will not hear? Or cry to You, “violence!” And You will not save? Response: Look among the nations and see Wonder and be astounded For I am doing a work in your days That you would not believe if told Amen...
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The Accusation (Habakkuk 1:13) Taken from ESV Bible; Written by Rachel Wilhelm Words of Habakkuk: You who are of purer eyes Than to see evil and cannot look at wrong; Why do You idly look at traitors And remain silent when the wicked Swallows up the man More righteous More righteous More righteous Than he? More righteous More righteous More righteous Than he?
9.
The Woes 02:11
The Woes (Habakkuk 2:19-20) Taken from ESV Bible; Written by Rachel Wilhelm Words of the Lord: Woe to him who says To a wooden thing, “Awake!” “Awake! Awake! Awake!” To a silent stone, To a silent stone, “Arise!” Can this teach? Can this teach? Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid With gold and silver And there is no breath at all In it But the Lord is in His holy temple Let all the earth Keep silence Before Him Before Him Before Him
10.
I Will Take Joy (Habakkuk 3:17-18) Taken from ESV Bible; Written by Rachel Wilhelm Though the fig tree should not blossom Nor there be fruit on the vine The produce of the olive fail And the fields yield no food The flock be cut off from the fold And there be no herd in the stalls Yet I will rejoice in the Lord I will take joy in the God, The God of my salvation For He is my strength For He is my strength For He is my strength For He is my strength
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You Watch Me 04:21
You Watch Me Written by Rachel Wilhelm 1. You know my path and my lying down You know all my ways, You watch me Before a word was on my tongue Before I was, You saw me You saw me Chorus: Where can I go from Your presence You’re in the deep and in the air Where can I flee from the Eyes that see me Not adrift or asleep, but everywhere You’re everywhere 2. You saw my frame, unformed and frail My inward part, You weaved me Before I saw light, You knew my name And all the days before me Before me Chorus

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Songs of lament for corporate and devotional worship.

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released June 15, 2017

All songs written by Rachel Wilhelm except Psalm 13 and Habakkuk’s Call, written by Rachel Wilhelm and Andy Zipf; Lamentations 1 written by Rachel Wilhelm and Tim Wilhelm.

Produced by Andy Zipf (www.thecowardschoir.com)
Recorded, Mixed and Engineered by Matt Williams (www.clubhillmedia.com) @ ClubHill Media Studios, Germantown, MD
except Habakkuk’s Call and The Accusation, recorded in Anne’s room and Club Hill Media Studios.
Mastered by Drew Lavyne (alldigitalmastering.com) @ A.L.L. Digital Mastering

Rachel Wilhelm: vocals
Andy Zipf: vocals, guitars, piano, organ, wurlitzer, pads, bass, percussion.
Matt Williams: bass, percussion, drums, stand up bass.
Andrew Litke: cello.
Eden Wilhelm: background vocals on You Watch Me
Tim Wilhelm: piano and composition on Lamentations 1
Photography: Chris McKenzie @ Chris McKenzie Photography
Art and Design: Matt Billingsley & Kiel Johnson

Thank you’s: Jesus, Joel, Tim, Liam, & Eden Wilhelm, Andy Zipf, Matt Williams, Matt Billingsley, Kiel Johnson, Andrew Litke & Dorabella, Miriam & Aiden Zipf, Jameson Black Barrel, Rachel Stone, Joanna Cook, Helen & Tim Keuning, Steph & Joel Bascom, Josh & Raquel Rogers, Tom & Penny Seibert, Jeff & Diane Johnson, Mary Frances Miller, Terryl Paiste, Mike & Pat Wiegard, Tricia Powell, Anne McCracken and John Zipperian: grateful for you, David & Dawn Costanzo, Garrett & Leecie Brown: who part waters for loved ones, Jen Asp & the ladies at the COTC Wednesday night Bible Study, Devin & Sara Pogue, Nina Bourque, Diana Gorgos, Cheryl Witham, Inklings Too, Roots Worship Collective of Minneapolis, City Church of Minneapolis, Church of the Cross in Hopkins, Church of the Ascension in Arlington, VA, Crosstown Covenant Church in Minneapolis, the inmates at Lino Lakes Prison who sang Psalm 13 first, Liturgy Fellowship, Wendell Kimbrough, Chris McKenzie, Caren Hoehner, Jordan Ware, Larry Stephan, & everyone who has supported, backed, & encouraged me with this record. I’d like to remember Errin Hinman & Georgia Bird. God laments too.
For the church who needs to lament.
For Joel who has walked the wilderness of lament with me.
All lyrics & additional info at rachelwilhelm.virb.com

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Rachel Wilhelm is a singer-songwriter and Minister of Music and Worship Arts in Knoxville, TN.

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