Rare Bird Album Lyrics

Won’t Go ‘Til You Bless Me   

Verse 1
On a dark and stormy night
Everything wasn’t right          
I was waiting on the hand of the Lord
All my help ran away
Lightning shown like day
But something was about to strike a chord

Trembling at the sound
I saw heaven come down
I was face to face with the Angel of the Lord
Laboring all night
Hanging on for dear life
I was wrestling with the Angel of the Lord 

Chorus
I won’t go ‘til You bless me.  No, no, no

I won’t go ‘til You bless me.  No, no, no

I won’t go ‘til You bless me.  Oh Lord

 

Verse 2
Coming back to inheritance
Surrendering to deliverance
I am waiting on the presence of the Lord
Destiny’s been calling my name
Past time to embrace change
My ship’s come in.  Best get on board!

The gates of hell up against me
Past shame lies behind me
But I’m face to face with the angel of the Lord
Stealing glimpses into His eyes
I’m reminded of the prize
I am wrestling with the Angel of the Lord

 

Verse 3
There was a thunder in the valley
A release of heaven’s winds
Sounds of angel armies
Calling me their friend
There were broken places in me
Touched by His wings
I was lifted upward with Him
As my spirit started to sing

Bridge
And the Spirit of the Lord is upon me
Changing my nature to His
I will press into His presence
Awakened in the fire, becoming like Him
The old man is passing away
Burned up in the flames
I am a prophet, a priest, and a king          
The kingdom of heaven I bring


Captain of the Host

verse 1          

Facing giants in the land

With five smooth stones we’ll take a stand

The Lord’s firmly on our side

And I can see the enemy start to take flight

All fear from this heart is gone

I’ve got courage, conviction, I’m set apart

With the song He’s given to me

He will ambush the enemy


chorus

I can hear the sound of the Lion of Judah          

I can feel the weight of His glory on me          

I can see the fire in His eyes of mercy

The Captain of the Host is rising

 

verse 2

Looking across the fields

I can see where the enemy’s stolen and killed

But I cannot be dismayed

He’s not brought me here to be waylaid

An ancient warrior draws near

With a chest full of hope and face so fierce

He looks straight into me

And says, “Son, I’ve given you victory!”

Bridge

There is no place He hasn’t gone before

He holds the keys; He’s unlocked the doors

He is revealing so much more

To those who are willing, proven,

Asking the Lord          

He will set them in battle array

The fearless ones, exuberant in praise

He is placing His boldness in them

To be signs, wonders, champions!


Dwelling Place


Verse 1

You are my dwelling place, Oh Lord

And I am covered by Your blood, Jesus

Teach me to wait upon Your dove

You are my refuge and my fortress

 

Bridge 1

Though a thousand may fall around me

Ten thousand by my right hand

Arrows flying towards me

Terrors in the land

I will set my heart upon You

I will look into Your face

No evil shall befall me

No evil in this place


Chorus

I want to be in the secret place

Abiding in, abiding in Your love

Holy Spirit help me to find the way

Where You and I, You and I can be one

Verse 2
You are my dwelling place, Oh Lord

And I am covered by Your blood, Jesus

Teach me to wait upon Your dove

You are my refuge and my fortress

 


Bridge 2
One thing have I desired

One thing I will seek

To dwell within Your presence

And behold Your beauty

I will inquire in Your temple

Petition for mercy

For in the time of trouble

You will hide me


Chorus
I want to be in the secret place

Abiding in, abiding in Your love

Holy Spirit help me to find the way

Where You and I, You and I can be one

Cover me, cover me under Your wings

Where I can be close to Your heart

Holy Spirit overshadow me

Keep me in Your arms



Shelter and Peace

Chorus

I will go to the house of the Lord

I will rest in the gates of the King

I will abide at the table He's prepared

Seeking His shelter and peace

Verse 1

For it’s been many a day

Since I’ve seen my belly full

My children will starve and grow feeble

Without the help and the arm of the Lord

These years have been hot and brutal

The winds have blown away our lives

All my hopes are what’s left in this passage

We’ve fought all we can fight



Verse 2

I’ve been told there is a man

Who’s prepared a way for me

In my weaknesses He is strong

I know He has all I need


They say the foundations of His throne are just

And full of righteousness

There is abundance in His house

And under His wings I will find my rest

Bridge

If I stumble, if I fall

I know His angels will catch me

His arm is not too short

His hand not too small

To lift me into destiny

There is a man

A man of Galilee

There is a man

A man that I seek

There is a King

Of a kingdom without end

There is a King

Who calls His servants His friends



Rare Bird

Chorus

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

You come to me, You speak me


Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

You lead me, You teach me


Verse 1

Jesus You promised to not leave us alone

When You went home

You left us the Comforter

You said He would not act on His own

But for Your throne, He’s our Helper


Into my heart You’ve surely flown

And I’ve never known a feeling like this

Giving me strength to stand up and go

Even when I’m weak and low

In Your power and encouragement

 

Verse 2

New waves of Your freedom ever roll

Deep in my soul,

As I surrender

Completely to Your Holy Ghost
I
 yield control

Lord, please enter


Now I’ve found true gold

That makes me light up and glow

With Your fire

And there is strength to overcome & grow

In faith and hope

You're lifting me higher


Chorus

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

You come to me, You speak me


Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

You lead me, You teach me


Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

Your Spirit is a rare bird, a rare bird

You heal me, You touch me

Bridge

On the wings of a snow white dove

You come and revive us with Your love




I Will Sing Hallelujah

Chorus

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing, I will sing, I will sing

(repeat)


Verse1

You lead me beside the still waters;

You restore my soul

In these green pastures

I am completely made whole

You mend these wounds up

That have caused so much pain

You cleanse my eyes;

Now I can see again

Chorus

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing, I will sing, I will sing

(repeat)

Verse 2

As You linger I feel

The warmth of Your breath

And I lay my head

Upon Your chest

You anoint me with oil

And raise me up

Crown me with honor,

Overflowing my cup

Bridge

With Your blood You’ve saved my soul

Picked me up, brought me in from the cold

With Your love You’ve ransomed me

To Your table I’m carried

Verse 3

Surrounded by your glory

I am captured by You

Standing in Your presence

I don’t want to move

There is renewed hope,

Renewed sensibility

I’m in the Master’s arms;

He has me

Bridge

With Your blood You’ve saved my soul

Picked me up, brought me in from the cold

With Your love You’ve ransomed me

To Your table I’m carried


I’m seated with You in heavenly places

Kept by Your grace throughout the ages

I’m seated with You in heavenly places

Lord, be enthroned in my praises

Chorus

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing hallelujah

I will sing, I will sing, I will sing

(repeat)



Stop & Listen

Stop and listen to the things around you

Stop and listen, God’s grace has found you

Stop and listen to love abounding

Stop and listen; The Father’s heart is sounding

 

You don’t need anything

The world says you need

You don’t have to buy a thing;

All you have to do is be


There’s a big bright night out there

With stars and a moon

Just open up your heart

And give Him room

 

Stop and listen to the voice beside you

Stop and listen to a friend who really knows you

Stop and listen to truth overflowing

Stop and listen; Your heart is growing

 

I know some folks say
God really doesn’t care
I know, I know, I’ll admit
That I’ve been there

But when I stop and listen
For His still small voice
There’s a hope that comes
And shatters the noise


Stop and listen to the children God gives you
Stop and listen to the words they tell you

Stop and listen to the brilliant innocence

Stop and listen to hearts full of tenderness

 

They aren’t looking for

Some kind of plan

They are happy with

The touch of your hand


I know He told us when

We truly follow Him

We will only see if

We become like them

 


I Belong to You

Verse 1

Crushed by the thought of losing You

I awoke the lights were all out

My mind ran loose to find You

I was screamed and shaking about


It was me; It was me who failed, despised,

And turned my face from You

Oh please, won’t You please forgive my pride

Take this heart so blue

 

Bridge 1

Wandering aimlessly in the woods

I thought I’d found the way

But without Your hand to hold

I felt naked and ashamed

 

Chorus

Purge me with hyssop

And I will be clean

Wash me whiter than snow

Make me to hear joy and gladness

I’ll rejoice in these broken bones

Create in me a clean heart God

Renew a right spirit in me

Cast me not away from you now

I don’t want You, don’t want You to leave

 

Verse 2

Turn my eyes away from worthless things

That obscure my view of You

Cleanse these hands, purify this heart

My mind wholly renew


It is You, it is You who heals, revives,

And mends a life torn in two

Oh move, oh move on my heart tonight

I belong to You

 

Bridge 2

Shine Your light in this restless soul

Search me, try me God

I know I need Your discipline

If I'm to be Your son



Ending

I belong to You


Granddaddy

Verse 1
Sitting on Granddaddy’s lap

As we journey across the map

Listening attentively

To the stories that he weaves

Chorus
And the mysteries of heaven

How they sparkle in his eyes

And the places I remember

Fill the dreams of this boy’s nights

Verse 2 

Sitting on the front pew

Hearing old words that sound so new

Granddaddy shouts His praise

As he preaches ‘bout the end of days

Chorus
And the mysteries of heaven

How they sparkle in his eyes

And the stories I remember

Will carry on through time

Verse 3 

Sitting on the front porch

Talking about the Lord

Growing in wisdom

As Grand Daddy shares vision


Chorus
And the mysteries of heaven

How they sparkle in his eyes

And the moments I remember

Will be with me for the rest of my life

Bridge
Storyteller forever

Compassion for the lost

Authority in the letter

A man of the cross

Baptized in the Spirit

Clothed in humility

Restoring the afflicted

Spending all night on his knees

 


It Is You Still

When summer grasses have been harvested in
And birds fly south for fair weather friends

The northern wind howls down through these foothills

It’s you I want beside me; it is you still

The warmth of your sweet breath upon my face

Your coos and smiles evoke the sweetest grace

Outside the snow sits on the window sill

It’s you I want beside me; it is you still


And oh, the melodies I hear within my heart

Strains that rise and fall and break apart

Notions of loneliness are gone; they’re nil

It’s you I want beside me; it is you still

When the skies turn gray and emotionless

And I feel a cold chill against my breast

You hold me close with love that’s strong and real

It’s you I want beside me, it is you still


Shawn Lombard: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, wurlitzer / Al Sergal: drums, percussion / Andy Kurzweg: bass guitar, upright bass / James Duke: electric guitars, acoustic guitar on Granddaddy / Mark Willenbrock: additional electric guitars, acoustic guitar on Captain Of The Host and It Is You Still / Elizabeth Lombard: background vocals / David Johnson: cello, viola, violins / Mark Stallings: hammond organ

All songs written by Shawn Lombard / Produced by Shawn Lombard and Glenn Tabor / Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Glenn Tabor / Assistant Engineer: Ryan Denman / Recorded at Gat3 Productions in Charlotte, NC (www.gat3.com) / Art design and layout: Shawn Lombard and Brandon Willett (www.brandonwillett.com)

Thanks to:
The outstanding musicians on this project. Andy, James, Al, Mark, Elizabeth—you went above and beyond my expectations. Your stirring work laid a brilliant foundation for this album. Also to David Johnson and Mark Stallings for your stunning contributions on strings and organ. / The great people at Gat3 Productions. Glenn and Susan, thank you so much for opening your doors and your hearts to this project. It was a tremendous blessing to work with you and your team. / The Bridge Birmingham and Advocate Ministries. Thank you all for the prayers and support you have extended during the making of this project. And special thanks to Michael and Elisa French for your constant encouragement and affirmation. / My family. Thank you for all the wisdom, love, prayers and food I’ve received all these years. The song Granddaddy was written about my grandfather, John Lombard. He is simply an incredible man. / My beautiful wife, Allison, and my amazing son, Cash. I wrote Won’t Go ‘Til You Bless Me with Cash in diapers playing by my side. And It Is You Still was written on a cold winter night for my lovely bride. Allison, thank you for believing and dreaming with me. / And finally, thanks be to God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank You for redeeming my life from destruction and crowning me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Psalms 103




Reach For The Door Album Lyrics

Come Into the River Now 
Come into the river now
Come into refreshing
Come into the river now
Come into refreshing
Jump into the steady flow
Dive in with both feet
Bask in the amazing glow
Sing triumphantly

‘Cause it’s rushing, powerful,
Setting His people free
It’s flooding, moving,
Moving out the enemy

Where will this river go?
Will it ever end?
The mouth of it is deep and wide
Brimming with the life from Him
I can see the people come
Coming for a drink so sweet
I can see their thirst quenched
Quenched by the water’s streams

Come in,
Come in,
Come into refreshing

Shawn Lombard—vocals, harmonica
Lanford McCalley—guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums, background vocals
Joey Seales—organ
Elizabeth Lombard—background vocals

Not Giving Up On Me Yet 
Your mercy endures forever
As far as the east to west
Your kindness crowns my longing
Not giving up on me yet

You execute bold righteousness
And justice for all oppressed
You satisfy my mouth with good things
Not giving up on me yet
Not giving up on me yet

And I will not forget Your goodness
I will not forget Your ways
You’ve redeemed my life from destruction
I am no longer a slave
Forgiven me of trespasses
Healed these bones of disease
As an eagle lifting to the heavens
Oh God, I know I am free

Your compassion is everlasting
Slow to anger and rich in love
You have known me from the beginning
Not giving up on me yet

With all that’s in me
I will bless You
Bless Your holy name

Shawn Lombard—vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Lanford McCalley—guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Elizabeth Lombard—background vocals
Jarrod Patterson—background vocals

Reach For the Door 
Today I took another step towards the door
Another step towards the Lord
You know, I’ve had fleeting thoughts
About this before
And I know I can no longer be afraid
My adversary would like to keep
My feet bound to this floor
Held up in my disappointments
But there is this longing in my spirit
To cross into a realm beyond my soul

He’s ready for me to
Rise to the calling
To awake in the dawning
Of this bright, new day
To a release of His glorious presence,
His power and essence
Falling on me

I’m humbled at such a display of mercy
Such a display of kindness
That is leading me
I’m challenged by this outpouring,
Heart-felt devotion
That I've received
I cannot go back to a place of complacency
A place of mediocrity
The place of defeat
Angels draw near to watch and listen
As His glory now glistens
On these nuances of destiny

Reach for the Door
Reach for the Door
Reach for the Lord

Shawn Lombard—vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Lanford McCalley—guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Sam Knowles—background vocals

You Are the One 
You are the One who sets me free Oh Lord
You are the One I believe Oh Lord
Where can I go to find You?
How can I ascend the heights of truth?

To go up the holy hill
And stand in the Holy Place
Where God Is
To raise up my hands and voice
To seek the Ancient One
Of never ending days

You are the One who covers me with peace
You are the One I stretch to reach
Where is the generation who seeks You?
Is this the one who will do Your will?

Shawn Lombard—vocals, piano
Lanford McCalley—guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums

HIGH AND LIFTED UP 
Above Your name there is none other
Be they princes, kings or lords
Your power and authority is like none other
Satan was defeated by Your sword
The highest peaks, the mighty oceans
What are they compared to Your name?
The heavens majestic above them
Can only join in this refrain

Your name is high and lifted up
High and lifted up
Your name is high, high, high

I surrender to Your lordship
I bow in the presence of the king
And with the answer of Isaiah,
“Here am I,” I sing
Awed in Your presence, I am strengthened
The power of Your Spirit resonates through me
Cascades of honor be to Your name
Kinsman Redeemer, Prince of Peace

Your name is high and lifted up
High and lifted up
Your name is high, high, high

Shawn Lombard—vocals, piano
Lanford McCalley—Leslie guitar
Mark Willenbrock—electric rhythm guitar
Jarrod Patterson—acoustic guitar
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Elizabeth Lombard—background vocals
Sam Knowles—background vocals

Wonderful Peace
Warren D. Cornell & W. George Cooper
1889 public domain

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll!

Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!

I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul!

And me thinks when I rise to that city of peace,
Where the Author of peace I shall see,
That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing
In that heavenly kingdom will be:

Peace, wonderful peace
Coming down from the Father above

Shawn Lombard—vocal
Jarrod Patterson-- guitar

Thunder on the Mountain
There is a reckoning coming upon this generation
How can we say we will do when we surely don’t?
The Master has crops that are rotting in fields of injustice
While we hide our faces in a lowly place

“Where is the God of my fathers?” screams a coward
Where are the miracles I’ve only heard about?
Oh God will you permit the enemy’s endless plunder?
Will he be allowed to freely come in and go out?

You better get ready
There is thunder on the mountain
You better get ready
I hear trumpets and shouting
You better get ready
For the Glory cloud
You better get ready
He is coming down
Waves of glory surround my being
The train of His presence touches, touches over me

Mighty man of valor, dreamer of bold dreams
Yes it is you I’m seeking today; it’s not your foolish schemes
Might man of valor, “I AM” calls to you
Rise up from the threshing floor; this day is brand new

Mighty man of valor, you’ve mourned too many days
Yes your courage is intact; I’ve seen the fullness of your gaze
Mighty man of valor, the host of heaven’s on your side
Charge swiftly into battle in the power of His might

You better get ready
For an atmosphere change
You better get ready
This whole earth’s gonna shake
You better get ready
I hear the swords being drawn
You better get ready
Here comes the brightness of the dawn
Streams of justice shooting through the sky
I see the scepter of His authority being released to you and I

Shawn Lombard—vocals, piano
Lanford McCalley—guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Elizabeth Lombard—background vocals
Sam Knowles—background vocals

Seeing and Feeling (Elevation)
Seeing and feeling my way back to You
My heart is caught in a sweet perfume
Seeing and feeling my way back to You
Marvelous lights are filling my view

Seeing and feeling my way back to You
My soul is faced with beckoning truth
Seeing and feeling my way back to You
Your Word is fare that I consume

Senses are calmed in the warm expanse
Transcendent streams jump and dance
Thoughts are racing to places higher
Being lifted from the mire

Elevation, Elevation

Seeing and feeling my way back to You
My strength is touched as You renew
Seeing and feeling my way back to You
Angelic sounds enfold the room

Release comes on me while drawing near
Eternity meets me right here
Secrets and shadows are revealed
It’s revelation that I feel

Elevation, Elevation

Deep calling out to deep
Deep calling out to me
Seeing and feeling, trusting and knowing
That there is a God who never sleeps
Over my bed He stands and sings

Shawn Lombard—vocals, piano
Lanford McCalley— guitars
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Sam Knowles—background vocals

In A Moment
In a moment stretched out over time I dance
My arms are free as I twirl
Like a bird I lift off from the ground
My heart races to the sound

I am no longer bound
I am no longer bound

The air around me is new
My face fills so much differently from this view
I breathe the breath a baby breathes when born
My life seems so much simpler than before

I am no longer bound
I am no longer bound

Angels whisk about me as I smile
Praise comes out of me all the while
The throne room before my eyes appears
From laughter my heart is moved to tears

And what I see
Changes me forever
I am free to lift my hands so high
What I see
Hastens my will to stay here
For my destiny is found here
In this moment

Shawn Lombard—vocals, piano
Lanford McCalley— slide guitar
Jarrod Patterson—acoustic guitar
Larry Shaw—bass
Chris Riggins—drums
Elizabeth Lombard—background vocals

God Bless Her Beautiful Life
Phrases of worship lift from her heart
They come up like dew on her breathe
The sky it dims over crimson trees
As the day comes to an end
“Come rest children,”
I hear the Father call
She nestles up to His great side of love
His voice a warm hearth
Where she falls

And God bless her beautiful life
God bless her beautiful life
Sing her to sleep
Oh great God of peace
And fill her dreams with Your light

There are blues and yellows
In dreams of gold
That dance before her sight
All her fears and frustrations are conquered here
By the God of goodness and right
Whispers of sounds of places abound
In her head while she is sleeping
His amazing grace covers her now
She is His for the keeping

Shawn Lombard—vocals
Jarrod Patterson—rhythm guitar
Mark Willenbrock—lead guitar