Songs of Lament

by Rachel Wilhelm

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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 Director of Worship Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

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Track Name: Have Mercy Now on Us
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
Track Name: Psalm 13
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....
Track Name: Out of the Depths
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
Track Name: My Heart Is Faint
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
Track Name: Wayward Bride
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
Track Name: Lamentations 1
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
Track Name: Habakkuk's Call
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...
Track Name: The Accusation
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?
Track Name: The Woes
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
Track Name: I Will Take Joy
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
Track Name: You Watch Me
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