44 – Mars Hill Music: Review of the album “Citizens” by Citizens and Saints

Psalm 44

What We’re Listening To

Bryan

Citizens and Foreign Made. Anyone surprised?

Justin

New automated playlists

Grant

Songs of Mars Hill: Citizens

Sweetness of Freedom

Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger

Verse 1:

Within my heart’s a Rebellious side / Conflicting with the Spirits’ desire

To keep my heart in step with you / So I do not do what I want to do

Chorus

All my life I, live to follow / You alone, as you change my desires

Liberated by the blood of Jesus / I’ve found life in the sweetness of freedom

Verse 2

Only you have the power to break / Every chain I placed around my neck

I heard your call from the pit of death / To surrender all and nothing less

Verse 3

Through the spirit I have righteousness / Sweet victory over the flesh

I can walk with confidence in you / As you gratify my soul with truth

Made Alive

Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger

Verse 1

I once was dead in sin / Alone and hopeless / A child of wrath I walked / Condemned in darkness

But Your mercy brought new life / And in your love and kindness

Raised me up with Christ / And made me righteous

Chorus

You have bought me back with the riches of / Your amazing grace and relentless love

I’m made alive forever with you life forever by your grace I’m saved

Verse 2

Lord you are the light / That broke the darkness / You satisfy my soul / When I am heartless

If ever I forget / That you’re my true identity / Show me who I am / And help me to believe

Bridge

My sin has been erased / I’ll never be the same

I Am Living in a Land of Death

Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger

Verse 1

I am living in a land of death / The trees are burnt and grey

There’s a smoldering smoke overhead / And the night looks the same as the day

It seems a miracle that I can stand / When everyone I’ve known

Drifts up in the air with the ash / Everytime that the wind starts to blow

PreChorus

But I feel alive with a life that’s not mine / Your law is a stream in this wasteland, my lifeline

Chorus

So much more than precious gold are Your promises my Lord

By them is Your servant warned and in keeping them great reward

Verse 2

Your direction is my delight / Your law secures my roots

I will meditate day and night / And in season you’ll harvest the fruit

Though a poison should threaten to kill / I know my Savior reigns

And when the breezes of death leave a chill / I’ve got Jesus’ blood in my veins

PreChorus 2

So I feel alive with a life that’s not mine / And I’m believing that that was your intended design

Bridge

The kingdoms of man have all decayed / The ruins of progress have turned to waste

The gods of greed lay in their graves / Darkness is everywhere

But there’s a path in the dark that has emerged / I can see a great light beyond this curse

A brilliant blaze that is your word / A beacon of hope that burns

And I focus my captivated gaze / On the radiant light from Jesus’ face

The water of life is all I crave / Only your word remains

So much more than precious gold / Is the beauty I behold

Give me the glorious reward / Of knowing you, my King, my Lord

Jesus!

Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger

Verse 1

The King of all Creation / Set aside His crown

A servant to the fathers love / Descended from his throne above

Author of Salvation / Giver of new life

Crucified to pay for sin / Our righteousness is in the name of

Chorus

Jesus, every heart and tongue confess / Your name above all names

All things of this earth belong to you / Forever you will reign

Verse 2

God of Resurrection / Conqueror of death

Ruler over everything / The lord of lords and king of kings is (Jesus!)

Bridge

Highly exalted is the name, of Jesus Christ

Heaven and earth declare all praise, to Jesus Christ

Highly exalted is the name, of Jesus Christ

Heaven and earth declare all praise to (Jesus!)

Sins of My Youth

Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger

Verse 1

Entangled by cords, bred to destroy / Caught in the snares You still, heard my voice

In my distress, I cried for your hand / Lifted out of death a new, creation

Chorus 1

Please remember not, the sins of my youth / So Good and upright are the ways of your truth

Verse 2

You have made known, the way to follow / I need you to be my guide, and stronghold

Oh my God in,You I’m trusting / All the paths you set are true, unchanging

Chorus 2

You remember not, the sins of my youth / So Good and upright are the ways of your truth

Bridge

I love, you Lord and all your ways / No end to the shouts of praise

Enthroned, forever reigning / My God, and my salvation

Oh God

Zach Bolen

Verse 1

In the valley, oh God You’re near / In the quiet, oh God You’re near

In the shadow, oh God You’re near / At my breaking, oh God You’re near

Chorus

Oh God, You never leave my side / Your love, will stand firm for all my life

Verse 2

In my searching, oh God You’re near / In my wandering, oh God You’re near

When I feel alone, oh God You’re near / At my lowest, oh God You’re near

Bridge

Height nor depth nor anything else / Could pull us apart / We are joined as one, by Your blood

Hope will rise, as we become more / Than conquerors through / The one who loved the world

Thanks for listening

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