Author Of My Days

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In the dark times of life one can feel not only hidden from God, but abandoned by God. There are many psalms that give voice to this feeling of being lost, and to the wretchedness of this feeling. Psalm 139 is one of those psalms, and it both gives voice to the feeling of being lost and affirms repeatedly God’s presence and intimate knowledge of us, no matter where we go or what we do. The idea that God has searched us and knows, and that hems us in before and behind—this is comforting and frightening knowledge. This song serves as a reminder that God has us in his grasp, and surrounds us even when we are in the dark and cannot see, or try to run and try not to see. Personally this song is a confession of my own faith, a faith that finds me often on my knees, arms stretched out not simply because I want to praise God, but because I need to praise God in order to survive.

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G C G
If I rise on the wings of the dawn
G C G
If I fly out across the sea
Em C
If I run ‘till I can run no more
G
Even then you will find me

If I sink to the deepest place
If I seek to in the darkness hide
If I lie even to myself
Still your hand will guide me

C G D G
For you hem me in before and behind
C G D
You the author of my days
C G Em
so I come before you arms stretched out
C D G
And I give you all my praise

Search me and know my heart
Test me and know my anxious thoughts
Lead me in your righteous way
So that I am with you . . . when I awake

Author of My Days” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6415859

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from Joy Brand New, released October 29, 2013
Author of My Days” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6415859

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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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