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Run To Jesus
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: I know what you are thinking· That you won't see the light of day · That burden has you broken · And you just want to run away ·Chorus: So if you feel like running· Run to Jesus · You can lean on His breast · If you feel like running · Run to Jesus · In His arms you can rest· Verse Two: Peace of mind and restoration · Seems like a million miles away· Feels like the world is on your shoulder · And you don't want to face the day · Bridge: You can trust His unseen hand · He will hold you in the storm · This is all part of His plan · He is waiting at the door
Verse One: Since I've traveled on this journey · I've never seen a storm like this before · I keep listening for the thunder · While the clouds hovering over take their form · I know that you will guide me · So to your nail scarred hand Lord I will cling · And though I may not want this trial · I know that it will be just what I need ·Chorus: But until the storm is over · I need you Lord to come and help me stand · For I've always been just fine · When I've held onto your strong and might hand · Lord I know this is your will · And for me this is your plan · But until the storm is over · I need you Lord to come and help me stand· Verse Two: Sometimes it's hard to understand · Why the path that I am taking gets so dark · But there's contentment in this journey · Because you have been with me from the start· Lord ever since you found me · I don't recall a time that I regret · So let this storm come in around me · And show me why you've never failed me yet
Verse One: She sat there quietly · That homesick look in here eyes · Anxiously awaiting to cross the tide · Her family gathered 'round her · Asked her what was on her mind · She just looked at them and then replied · Chorus: I just wanna go home · All I wanna do is just go home · Seems like everytime I turn around · Lord I find another reason to go · To where I belong · I've been waiting for this day to come · As others leave here one by one · Oh I miss 'em so · And I just wanna go home ·Verse Two: Now it seems like more and more · I think about the other side · and everything that waits for you and me · How I'm longing to behold · What these eyes have yet to see · Then I can touch what I have only dreamed
Verse One: I just heard the news this morning · I can’t imagine how you feel · I wish I knew the words to say · To make it not seem so real · Chorus: But everything’s fine · Everything’s OK · I just had a talk with Jesus · And He said help was on the way · So, just hang on · And don’t lose sight · Soon the waiting will be over · And He will make your burden light · Everything’s fine · Verse two: Now you may think you’ve lost your way · Your world is spinning round and round · Oh, but what a friend you have in Jesus · He will never let you down · Bridge: Well, I know · things seem so hard · But keep the faith · and don’t lose heart
Verse One: Well, Lord, you know I’m just a man · And I just live from day to day · And I have seen my share of trouble · Every step along the way · But everything that I have done · It has brought me to my knees · And now I’m calling to you Father · Would you come and rescue me · Chorus: Now when I look back on my sins · Calvary stands in my way · Oh, it’s then I am reminded · This ole sinner’s debt is paid · And no more will I be in chains · From the scars of yesterday · I can’t see the things behind me · When Calvary stands in my way · Verse Two: Now the world is getting brighter · And these old wounds are on the mend · For Jesus walks beside me · And everyday He holds my hand · But when the demons of the past · When they choose to come around · I just hold a little tighter · To this Savior I have found
Verse One: There’s a mountain in your way · And you know you’ve got to climb it · No matter how you try · There’s just no way around it · But you don’t have to go alone · It just never works that way · You were meant to trust · And have a little bit of faith · Chorus: A little bit of faith · It’s all you really need · You can change your situation · If only you believe · So, when you begin to speak · To the mountains in your way · Just remember all it takes · Is a little bit of faith · Verse two: Now the fear is calling out · And your heart just doesn’t listen · But reflections in your mind · Tell you to change direction · Oh, but God will make you strong · At the moment when you pray · That mountain’s gonna tumble · From that little bit of faith
Verse One: It seems like lately I’ve been through it · I guess you could say I’ve seen better days · And sometimes this load gets heavy · And I want to throw it all away · But You’re a shelter hanging over me · When the rain begins to fall · And, just like a beacon in the darkness · Your love will see me through it all · Chorus: ‘Cause You are the rock that I can lean on · You are the wind beneath my wings · You are the light in all my darkness · And, You are the reason that I sing · Verse two: It’s plain to see that I’m not perfect · I try to live the best I can · Oh, but I’m not always straight and narrow · And, how I wish I was a better man · But, You are standing right beside me · Just like the footprints in the sand · And, when I start to slip and fall · You pick me up and help me stand.
Verse One: My life, Lord, it ain’t turned out · The way that I had hoped · But you see I’ve learned my lesson · I just thought you’d like to know · Just look at all these scars · I know I’ve let you down · With nothing left but my shame · I could use a little mercy now · Chorus: I know I don’t deserve it Lord · You’ve been hurt so many times · And I’ve lost so many chances · All because of foolish pride · I’m tired of playing this game · And I know you’re tired as well · I’m laying it all down · I could use a little mercy now · Verse Two: Well, I guess you could say · What goes around comes around · I’ve tasted this bitter cup · But now I’ve thrown it on the ground · I know you understand · You always love me somehow · But this time like no other · I could use a little mercy now
Verse One: For many years now · We have heard the story · How this world · Is gonna pass away · Can’t you see the signs · They’re all around us · Friend, be ready · Ready for that day Chorus : “Cause it won’t be long · We’ll be going over · We will see our loved ones · Who have gone · But most of all · We’re gonna be with Jesus · Just a few more days · We’ll be going home · Verse Two: Now we’ve been living · With anticipation · In a world · We don’t belong · But we’ve been given · Blessed assurance · That our Lord is gonna take us home · Verse Three: Now we will leave · All cares and heartaches · No more tears · To fill our eyes · If you listen close · You can hear the Father · Saying, “Son, · Go get your bride.”
Verse One: Some days you’re soaring on the wind · Just like an eagle · Then there are days · You feel so reckless · You can’t hold your own · Well, if you’re rock steady or tossed around · Let me remind you · There is hand that’s reaching out · From a heavenly throne · Chorus: So if you feel you’ve lost your way · Jesus is here · In fact He is standing · There by your side · There’s nothing to fear · And He will not leave you all alone · Just let your heart be His home · So don’t look any farther · Hope had arrived · ‘Cause Jesus is here · Verse two: But you feel you’ve drifted · So far away · That no one can find you · You’re just a hopeless case in life · And you’re not worth the time · But Jesus is there with open arms · ‘Cause He never left you · Just let His love reach out to you · And give you new life
Verse One: Time and again · You came to me · But I walked away · Keeping my need · But now and forever · This time for sure · I need your love, Lord · And I want nothing more · Chorus: And it’s just like the first time · You called my name · Willing to love me · In spite of my shame · And though I may fall · I’m never too far from your grace · ‘Cause just like the first time · Your love stays the same · Verse Two: But I will never forget · When I was alone · Wrapped up in chains · That I made on my own · I was in prison · And I needed release · Oh, but then you found me · And you set me free