Prepare a Place for You

star.001Hello guys, just a quick post on this Monday morning.  I thought I would share a song I wrote for Easter many years back called “Prepare a Place for You,” based on some of the things Jesus told his followers in the days leading up to his death, burial, resurrection and ascension.  I think his words still apply today.  May they encourage you!  (A note about this recording – it’s from my CD “Remain in Me” which is a collection of songs from Jesus’ perspective to us.  All the songs on this album were recorded as live performance, without sequencing, quantizing or programming, so it has a kind-of live feel. My friend Peter Wade played the drums and I tracked all the other instruments.)

Prepare a Place for You

 

Prepare a Place for You

This land is suffering
From the curse of darkness
And desperate pain
My healing hands they’ve broken
Dark clouds gather here
Sun and brightness disappear

I have called you friends
We’ve walked along life’s dips and bends
And I’ve taught you what real love is
And I’ll always be with you
Though now I leave your shallow view

Now I go
To prepare a place for you
The way you know
To the father I’ve shown you
Time will end
And we’ll fly away my friend
To a world made new
So now I’m going to
Prepare that place for you

You will have my name
And though the dark clouds
May bring rain
Remember I am with you
And when you’re torn and bruised
Remember I went through it too
For you

And on that day you’ll run
Into my open arms
Beneath a dying sun
And a sky of falling stars
Time will end
And we’ll fly away my friend
To a world made new
So now I’m going to
Prepare that place for you


Why Have You Forsaken Me?

At the end of my sermon Sunday I before communion I did a song that seemed to minister to a lot of people, so I thought I would share it here.  We were talking about trust, and so I thought this song would be great because it really focuses on Jesus’ trust in the Father.

forsaken?The song is based on Psalm 22, which was a song written by David that captures in metaphor some of the things he must have been experiencing at the time.  The amazing thing is that the Holy Spirit used this psalm to describe in detail many of the things Jesus was to experience on the cross a thousand years later!  Jesus, living out the words of this song in person even quoted the first line of Psalm 22 as he was hanging on the cross.  A few of the details…

– The ridicule of onlookers – “He TRUSTS IN GOD” vs. 8
– “Even at my mother’s breast” – how Jesus came into the world, had to trust vs. 9
– How Jesus was thirsty vs. 15
– Pierced hands and feet vs. 16  (Crucifixion not invented until Persians, 400BC)
– How others would divide up / gamble for his clothes vs. 17-18

I wrote this song a few years ago when I was putting together a CD called “Remain in Me.”  The  song is a compilation of songs all sung from the perspective of Jesus in first-person to his followers.  I decided to put the songs in chronological order (as best I could) on the CD.  I had a song from Jesus’ perspective in the garden before he went to the cross (“Strong As Death”), and I had a song from Jesus’ perspective after he had risen from the dead (“Free from the Grave“).  I thought it would be great to have a song between the two, and so it seemed perfect to write a song based on Psalm 22.  Just a little “artistic note” – I made the song so the last chord of the song is the same as the first chord of the next song “Free from the Grave” so they would flow one to the next as you are listening to the album.

Here is the version of the song that appeared on the CD.  Another artistic note – when the the song gets really going about 4 min you might hear a little extra percussion – it’s me banging on a metal chair in my office.  I was really trying to put a lot of emotion into it.

Here is a live video of the song.

Here is a version of Nick Galang doing the song – he has such an awesome voice!

Here are the words and guitar chords.
Am      /       Am
Why have you
G     /       G
Forsaken me
F    /        F
Why so far
E     /      E7
From saving me
Am     /      Am
Hear my cry
G       /       G
Hear me groan
F       /       F
The holy one
E        /      E7
You are enthroned

I am a worm
And not a man
Scorned by all
Despised I am

I am mocked
By all who see
They shake their heads
Hurl insults at me

They say
F         /        G
“He trusts in the Lord
C      /      F
Let Him rescue him
F       /     G      /     Am
Will he be delivered?”

Since my birth
I’ve trusted you
You brought out of
My mother’s womb

But now strong bulls
Are all around
Roaring lions,
They tear me down

I’m poured out like water
Bones out of line
Heart’s turned to wax
My strength gone dry

Evil dogs
Encircle me
They have pierced
My hands and feet

F    /       G
But I trust in you
C     /      F
You will rescue me
F     /  G    /    Am
I will be delivered

People stare
People gloat
Divide my garments
Play games for my clothes

F     /      G
But I trust in you
C     /       F
You will rescue me
F       /       G
Into your hands
E    /    E     /   E
I commit my spirit


On the Mountain of the Lord – with guitar instruction

guitarHello everyone – I’ve had some requests for how to play this song on guitar.  I think it’s cool people are still singing it since the conference last summer.  This video gives a bit of instruction on how I play it, and then I just sing through the whole song.

See this earlier post with more of the scriptural and spiritual background of the song (lyrics are posted there too).

By the way check out this cool video with some highlights from the conference that Ken Angliongto made using my song.

Also, the new CD I released last summer with a studio version of this song plus lots of other uplifting tunes.

Glory to God for the way he continues to provide!

ON THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD – Capo 2 chords
(for actual chords for piano or other band members see earlier post)

Intro
Am G / C F
Am G / C
(repeat)

Verse
Am / G / F / C
(repeating)
last line of verse leading into chorus play G instead of C

Chorus
Am F / C G
(repeating)

Bridge
Am G / C F
F Am / G
(repeat)