Buddy Greene

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A LOVE THAT'LL LAST ALL DAY

lyrics and music by Buddy Greene

 

Now I need a love that'll last all day

So this morning when I bowed my head to pray

I gave myself to the Author of love, the One who said,"Love one another"

And I asked Him to give me His love so I could love my sister and brother

And since I know His will is to love this world

Through every man and woman, every boy and girl

I can rest assured He will answer me when I pray

With a love that'll last, a love that'll last all day

 

Now I've got a wife and she needs my love

An encouraging word with a kiss and a little hug

So she can give herself to the Author of love, the One who said, 'Love one another'

And He is ready to give her His love, so she can be a good wife and mother

Because she knows His will is to love this world

Through every man and woman, every boy and girl

And she can rest assured He will answer her when she prays

With a love that'll last, a love that'll last all day

 

We've got a little girl and she needs to see

The love of Jesus in her mother and me

So on the day when she meets the Author of love, the One who said, "Love one another"

She'll be willing to receive His love and learn to love her sister and brother

And she will find His will is to love this world

Through every man and woman, every boy and girl

And you can rest assured, He will answer her when she prays

With a love that'll last, a love that'll last all day

 

 

AVERAGE GUY

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

I'm not so bad, I'm just an average guy

I'm never sad, sometimes I'm even flying high.

I make mistakes, sure I do but that never makes me cry.

I'm not so bad, I'm just an average guy.

 

Well, I'm pretty good – at least I'm not as bad as you.

Sure, I mess up, oh but man, not like you.

I think bad thoughts all the time, sometimes I even follow through.

Still I'm pretty good – at least I'm not as bad as you.

 

Sure I believe in God, but I don't let that spoil my day.

In church every Sunday, what more can I say ?

Oh yeah, at least once a month I remember to pray.

 

Well, I'm going to heaven, at least I'm not going to hell.

God wouldn't do that, well I think I know him that well.

Besides, don't it say somewhere in that good book

"God helps those who help themselves" ?

So I'm going to heaven (I think) at least I hope it ain't hell.

 

Cause I'm not so bad I'm just an average guy.

Well, I'm never sad, sometimes I'm even flying high.

I make mistakes, sure I do oh but that never makes me cry.

Cause I'm not so bad, I'm just an average guy.

Well I'm not so bad, I'm just an average guy.

 

 

BROTHER OF MINE

lyrics and music by Buddy Greene and Niles Borop

 

(Bruce)

Well, hello there friend, I have called you again

To see how you're dealing with today

I just thought you might need to know I was here

To love you in a brotherly way

You can tell me 'bout your pain or tell me 'bout your gain

Or tell me everything is doing fine

I just want to be your friend

'Cause, buddy, you're a brother of mine

 

(Buddy)

I'm so glad that you called, I was just about to fall

And I needed a reminder of the fact

That I've been born again and I'm free from sin

And I never, ever have to go back

To the time when I struggled all alone with my troubles

That's a time that I want to leave behind

I'm so glad that you called

That tells me you're a brother of mine

 

-Chorus-

Brother of mine, there's more to being friends

Than this ol' world would have us believe

There are burdens to share, with a lot of love and care

And time humbled on our knees

But I think we both know it's the only way to grow

We've got to learn to lay it on the line

'Cause you're more than a friend,

Buddy, you're a brother of mine

 

(Buddy)

Friend, you really know me well and I'm glad you could tell

That the Lord really wanted you to call

 

(Bruce)

Yeah, we both know, brother, there could always be another chance

Either one of us might fall

 

(Buddy)

And the next time around if it's you who is down and me who is calling you to find

That you really need a friend

 

(Bruce)

Yeah, I'll always need you brother of mine

 

Chorus

 

 

COME TO ME

music by Buddy Greene

 

chorus:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden

And I will give you rest... rest... rest...

I'll give you rest

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Take My yoke upon you and learn from me

For I am gentle and humble at heart

And you will find rest for your soul

For My yoke is easy and My load is light

 

Repeat Verse

Repeat Chorus

 

 

COME WITH ME

words by Gloria Gaither, music by Buddy Greene

 

Come with me and we'll walk by the seaside

Come with me leave your boats and your nets

Come with me and together we'll fish for men

Come with me

 

Come with me and we'll sit on the hillside

Come with me feed the hungry with bread

Come with me till your spirit is satisfied

 

O Come with me don't ever leave my side

And like a branch abide in me

O, Come with me

 

Come with me and we'll climb up Golgatha

Come with me bear your cross up the hill

Come with me through the pain and the agony

 

Come with me it is dawn in the garden

Come with me find the stone rolled away

Come with me leave the death and the tombs behind

And find new life in me

 

Don't ever leave my side

And like a branch abide in me

O, Come with me

 

 

DIVINE LOVE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

He was a mean man

He worked the hard land and it made him tough

And with his woman sometimes he got a little rough

He was a mean man

And then he found love

He found divine love and it was enough

To soften up this man who was nat'rally rough

It took divine love

 

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Divine love opens up our eyes

Divine love exposes our lives

Divine love cleans us up inside

Divine love

 

She was a pretty girl

She had the whole world at her fingertips

Knew she could get her way cause she was fully equipped

She was a pretty girl

But then she found love

The kind of love that showed her the ugly truth

Of how she selfishly used all of her attributes

It was divine love

 

Repeat Chorus

 

He loved the whole world

Every mean ol' man and every pretty girl

Every pauper, thief and beggar, every duke and every earl

He loved the whole world

And so He gave love

He gave divine love on a wooden cross

For every woman, man and child He paid the cost

And it took divine love

 

Divine love, right before our eyes

Divine love, love was crucified

Divine love, to give us real life

It took divine love

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

DON'T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO PRAISE THE LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Do you have love for the Lord in your heart and

Don't it make you want to start singing

Praises to the One who's brought you this far, and

Don't it make you want to praise the Lord ?

Weren't you a sinner and blind from your birth, and

Didn't He give back your vision, and

Now that you see He's the Lord of the earth

Don't it make you want to praise the Lord ?

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He's the Lord of Lords

He's the King of Kings

He's the Prince of Peace

He is everything to me

He has brought us back from death to life, so

Don't you want to praise the Lord ?

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Aren't you a witness to all He has done

In and around you and through you ?

Aren't you a part of the victory He's won, and

Don't it make you want to praise the Lord ?

 

Aren't you sent out, commissioned by God

Proclaiming His love and His mercy,

Helpin' the broken, the poor and downtrod, and

Don't it make you want to praise the Lord?

 

Chorus

 

Don't you want to praise the Lord ?

Don't it make you want to praise the Lord ?

 

 

FAITH TO FOLLOW

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

I'm dancing with the angels, I'm singing with the saints

I feel the Holy Spirit moving in this place

 

I'm celebrating Jesus, love like I've never known,

From the Father, Son, and Spirit, flowing from the throne.

 

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There's a mighty river

Flowing from the throne of God

And from the Lamb

Flowing to believers bringing life

To a thirsty land

Flowing, giving hope to the hopeless

Freedom from the curse of sin

Flowing from the God who gives His children

Faith to follow Him.

 

Once I was a helpless sinner. Oh, I couldn't make it right!

Desperate to fix myself, just stumbling in the night.

 

Then - oh, what a faithful Savior! - Christ upon a cross for me

Promising an endless love and grace to set me free

 

chorus

 

There is freedom flowing

Freedom flowing

 

Oh, I want to love like Jesus, oh, but how I need His grace

To overcome my fears and self protecting ways

 

I can hear the Master calling, how I want to follow Him

He promised the Holy Spirit - will I trust in Him?

 

Chorus

 

 

FALL DOWN CHILDREN

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I looked up one day and I saw three wise men

Comin' down the road from Bethlehem

And I asked them "Brothers, where have you been"

They said "We've been worshipping the Son of God,

The Savior of all men."

 

Well I looked up again and I saw the boy, Jesus

Sittin' in the temple in the midst of the teachers

And they were amazed at His understanding

Cause He was the Son in His Father's house

His rule never-ending

 

chorus

We gotta fall down children, worship the Lord

He's our only Savior

Fall down children, worship the Lord

Don't you need a savior ?

We gotta fall down children, worship the Lord

Hear that wonderful story

Fall down children, worship the Lord

He's comin' in glory

Well I looked and I saw Him in the River Jordan

Receiving God's blessing at the hand of John

Then I saw Him tempted in the wilderness

But He didn't give in to the enemy

He was full of God's goodness

 

Well I looked and I saw Him on Calvary

Givin' His life for you and me

But He rose from the grave on the third day

And He's up in heaven and reignin' on high

He's coming back down in the by and by

If you want to get ready, better hear what I say

Cause there is only one way.

 

Chorus

 

 

GLORIA DIOS (Praise You, Lord)

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

Gloria Dios

Porque me salvo

Gloria Dios, el me liberto

Gloria Dios, quiero siempre adorarte mi Dios

 

Praise you, Lord, for saving me

Praise you, Lord, for setting me free

Praise you, Lord, I want always to be praising you

 

Gracias Dios

Mi vida cambio

Gracias Dios, por darme tu amor

Gracias Dios, te agrade sere siempre, mi Dios

 

Thank you, Lord, for changing my heart

Thank you, Lord, for all you impart

Thank you, Lord, everyday I will start by thanking you

 

Your path is straight, but it's rocky

And I cannot walk it alone

But no matter how far I wander

You're always there to lead me on

 

(Chorus 3)

So lead me, Lord, this is my prayer

Lead me, Lord, with your love and care

Lead me, Lord, I know you'll always be there leading me

 

You have not promised me comfort

And there might be suffering and pain

But a crown of glory is waiting

All who will live by your holy name

 

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

 

 

GLORY TO GOD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Once there were shepherds out tending their sheep

On a hill overlooking the town

They were poor, they were lowly, and quite unexpecting

When they heard an angelic sound

Announcing the birth of a Savior, Christ Jesus

In Bethlehem - who would have dreamed such a thing ?

And as they looked up they beheld countless angels

Proclaiming the praise of their King.

 

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They sang "Glory to God in the Highest.

Peace on the earth and good will to all men."

They sang "Glory to God in the Highest.

Peace and good will to all men."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven

The shepherds decided to go

To Bethlehem, for they just had to discover

This place and it's wonders behold.

They came to a stable and found in a manger

The Savior disguised as a poor helpless babe

A holy, unlikely but wonderful King

Inspiring the praise that they gave

Repeat Chorus

 

Extra Bridge:

On that night a few caught a glimpse of a Kingdom

The marvelous kingdom of God it would be

A Kingdom invisible but to the hearts

Of the people the King would set free

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

GOD IS WITH US

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I've been washed in the blood and I'm fully forgiven

I have tasted the goodness of my Savior and Lord

He has brought me from darkness to live in His light

To love, serve and honor Him with all of my might

He's the way, truth and light - hope for you and me

He has broken every chain and led this captive free

 

He was born of a virgin like the scriptures said He would be

Unto those He had created, but who knew him not

For three years he was preachin', teachin', making enemies

Finding fellowship with prostitutes, murderers and thieves

He was nailed to a cross to pay for every sin

In three days He rose in glory, now He lives within

 

Chorus:

God is with us

Till the end of the age

He is with us

Even though the battles rage

Immanuel - oh how I live to tell everyone

That God is with us

Our Immanuel

 

Even though He lives within me now my troubles are not over

In a way they're just beginning, 'cause I follow Him

In my suffering He's given me the strength to carry on

In my weakness He's perfected in a way that makes me strong

He's the rock of all ages, beginning and the end

My protector, my provider, loving counselor and friend

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

THE GOD WHO RESCUED ME

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Now, I was a sailor and a reckless sort, and

I sailed my ship into countless ports

Looking for a good time, chasin' after thrills

Lovin' wine and women and my foolish will

 

Till I wound up shipwrecked, undone

Blind and beaten by the deeds I'd done

I cried out, "Lord, have mercy on me,

Can you help this blind man see?"

 

Then my eyes were opened and I saw my chains

And I heard a sweet voice calling my name

The chains were loosed as I fell to my knees,

for God had rescued me

 

Chorus:

Now I raise my song to the Holy One

To the Father of Love and His only Son

To the Spirit of Life - the Three-in-One -

The God who rescued me

And, for all my days and in all my ways

May I live my life givin' all of the praise

To the one and only everlasting Love,

The God who rescued me

Then I became a preacher, and I knew my stuff

And I thought my preaching made me good enough.

Till I met a sinner and he was saved by grace

While I was patting my back, he was on his face.

 

How quickly I had fallen away

From unconditional love and grace

And traded a son's for an orphan's place

And my self righteous ways

Then I saw my rags when I saw His cross

And by His grace I counted His cost

And all my gains I counted but loss for God had rescued me

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

GOD'S OWN LAMB

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

I know whom I've believed

And His name is Jesus Christ

He's the savior of my soul

And the Lord of my life

He died to satisfy His justice

And His righteousness

And to give me life eternal

In His everlasting rest

 

Oh, the fullness of the father

Was found in Jesus Christ

The creator of all things

To whom we owe our life

He gave up heaven's glories

And became a lowly man

And He took our place upon the cross

As God's own perfect lamb

 

God's own lamb provided for the world

God's own lamb, like a rare and precious pearl

I thank God for a heart to love and eyes to see

And a mind that understands

That I'm saved and made alive in Him

In God's own perfect lamb.

 

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I thank God for a heart to love and eyes to see

And a mind that understands

That I'm saved and made alive in Him

In God's own perfect lamb,

God's own perfect lamb.

 

 

GRACE FOR THE MOMENT

lyrics by Tricia Walker & Buddy Greene

music by Buddy Greene

 

Grace for the moment, all that I need

Grace for the moment and faith to receive

The promises given to those who believe

Grace for the moment, all that I need.

 

When I fret over outcomes that I cannot see

It's for certain I'll not have the peace meant for me

But when with thanksgiving I just look to Him

He will answer me time and again with

 

chorus

 

If I understand faith, it's not counting on me

It's the hope and assurance of what I can't see

It's the daily relying on Jesus to be

Providing more grace faithfully

Further proving His great love for me with

 

chorus

 

 

GREEN TREE

lyrics by Buddy Greene and Doug Eltzroth

music by Buddy Greene

 

I got a green tree growin' in my backyard

It grows so high, seems so easy for the green tree

Growin' in my backyard

And there's a lot of birds livin' in the green tree

Flyin' 'round, singin', eatin' and raisin' up a family

Seems so easy in the green tree

 

And a few things occurred to me while studyin' the green tree

And considerin' the birds and the way they all live so easily

And I thought you might like to know

So I put it in a song just to show

There's a lot you can learn by simply meditating

On a green tree - growin' in your backyard

 

I spend a lot of time chasin' after little things

They seem so big and important, but they're really just little things

Itsy, bitsy, teeny, tiny little things

And the reason that I know that they're little things

Is cause the Lord said the birds and the lillies never worry 'bout little things

What you eat and what you wear, ya know, the little things

 

And that's what occurred to me...

 

The next time you start to worry

You better hurry, scurry on out the back door

And find a green tree growin' in your backyard

Sit back in the shade, man, you got it made

God loves you more than any bird livin' in the green tree

Man, He loves you and He loves me

 

additional chorus

And if God takes care of the birds livin' in the green tree

Well, it goes without sayin' He's gonna be lookin' after you and me

But I thought you might need to know

So I put it in a song just to show

There's a lot you can learn by simply meditating on a green tree

Growin' in your backyard

 

And that's what occurred to me...

 

 

HE IS

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

Well, He brought out the children of Israel

He brought 'em out safely, He brought 'em out well

But the children of Israel put Him to the test

And they wandered forty years in the wilderness

 

chorus

'Cause He is the God of Abraham

'The Lion of Judah and the Perfect Lamb

He is the Savior of all mankind

Raisin' up the dead, givin' sight to the blind

Then He brought 'em on in to the promise land

He said, "You better serve Me, you better not serve man"

But their hearts grew hard and they went astray

And the children of Israel were carried away

 

chorus

 

Well the Son of God became the Son of man

'The word made flesh in a troubled land

A stumblin' block to everyone He met

He said, "You haven't understood about the kingdom yet"

 

Now He lives on today in the hearts of all

Who believe in His name and answer His call

And just like the children of Israel

We better listen to His word and we better listen well

 

Chorus

Chorus

 

 

HE IS THERE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I have called upon the Lord

In the weakness of my flesh

and He is there

I have cried out in the night

acknowledging my helplessness

and He is there

I have fallen on my face

Under His convicting hand

and I have known a true repentance

deep within this sinful man

And I know when I cry out to the Lord

He is there

 

When I've run all out of answers

and the questions linger on

He is there

And when I've run all out of strength

and the battle rages on

He is there

When I'm forced to wait and listen

'til I'm still enough to hear

the reassuring words of Jesus

telling me my God is near

Then I know when I wait upon the Lord

He is there

 

There to teach me all I need to know

to give me all the grace I need to grow

into a child of God who's planted firmly in His Father's will

A light shining brightly like a city on a hill

 

And in the praises of His people, in a song of thankfulness

He is there

In the service of their master, in the name that they confess

He is there

Jesus Christ is our redeemer, Son of God and Son of man

I'll forever sing His praise , 'cause I'm forever in His hand

And I know when I cry out to the Lord

Yes I know when I wait upon the Lord

Oh I know when I sing praises to the Lord

He is there

 

 

HOLD ONTO YOU

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I don't want to belong to all that you have given me

I just want to belong to you

And I don't need to hold onto the things that I should give away

No I just need to hold onto you.

 

I don't want to be blind to the hurting world around me

I want to do all that I can do

But if I want to lay hold of the good work that's awaiting me

First I've got to hold onto you

 

I've got to hold onto you in everything I do

'Til everything I am belongs to you

I've got to walk straight and true as only you can do

Through the lives of those who hold onto you.

 

Holding on and praying for a miracle

Counting on what only God can do

Looking forward to the man I long to be

Simply holding onto you

Is simply all I have to do

 

I don't need to take on anymore responsibilities

If they take me away from you

I can find all the love I will ever need to give away

When I find I'm in love with you

 

 

HOLY FATHER

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

You can feel it at the edge of an ocean

Or looking up at a star-filled sky

And in the face of a true believer

You can see the love in his eyes

Of a mighty God Creator

The Father of the only Son

And when we let Him be our liberator

Oh what a victory is won

 

Holy Father

Oh Lord what have you done ?

Saving me

By the blood of your only Son

And I can call you Father 'cause you ransomed me

From all that sin has done

Oh holy Father and reconciling Son

 

There's a life that He wants to give us

There's a way we can understand

But only through believing

Can He lend his helping hand

He deserves our firm allegiance

We deserve His holy wrath

But His grace is ever abiding

As we walk in the Savior's path

 

Chorus

 

And Jesus calls me brother 'cause He ransomed me

From all that sin has done

Oh Holy Father and reconciling Son

 

 

HONOR THE LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Listen now children to what I've got to say

As I recall how the Lord met us that day

He brought us from the darkness into the light

So we could serve Him with all our might

 

(Chorus)

Honor the Lord with all your wealth

With all the first fruits of all we produce

Honor the Lord and you will have plenty

And overflow with new wine

 

He's given everything that is good in our lives

So let us give back to Him our sacrifice

Of love and obedience to His word

For by His spirit we all have heard to

 

chorus

 

Listen, O Israel, Jesus is Lord

And His word cuts like a two edged sword

Commanding us to follow Him, giving our all

For by His spirit we all are called to

 

chorus

 

 

THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL

words and music by Buddy Greene

When you're walkin' in the Spirit and living in His light

Shinin' like a beacon in the darkest night

Knowin' what's wrong and doin' what's right

Then you're livin' your life in Jesus Christ

Chorus:

The hope of the gospel - Christ in me

So full of His love that I will be

A shinin' light for all to see

That I'm in Christ and He's in me

It all started when I took a long look within

Saw that I was shackled to a life of sin

But the Savior came and He changed my life

Praise God for the life in Jesus Christ

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Now there's gonna come a day when the Lord returns

A judgement day when the whole world learns

That apart from Christ there can be no life

Thank God for the life in Jesus Christ

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

HOW DO YOU READ IT?

words and music by Buddy Greene

There was a lawyer talking with Jesus

And the Lord said, "How do you read it?"

"When you look in the book of the Law, tell me,

How do you read it?"

 

Now the lawyer, he knew his law well

So the Lord said, "I've a story to tell

About the things that we do and we don't do

How do you read it?"

 

How do you read it?

Love the Lord your God

With your heart and soul

Love the Lord your God

With your strength and mind

Love the Lord your God

And love your neighbor as yourself

How do you read it?

 

A man was traveling down to Jericho

A band of robbers met him on the road

They left him naked and bleedin' and dyin'

How do you read it?

 

Then came a preacher, but he passed him by

Fin'lly a stranger stopped and saved his life

Now tell me, who do you think was a neighbor

How do you read it?

 

Chorus

 

Now there's a good book, the Holy Bible

Once you read it, it makes you liable

For the things that you do and you don't do

How do you read it?

 

So if you're wond'rin', who is your neighbor

Look around you as you travel and labor

Everywhere there are people in need

How do you read it?

 

Chorus

 

 

HOW LONG

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

How long must I wander

How long must I wander

How long must I wander

Before I finally get home

 

How much must I carry

How much must I carry

How much must I carry

Before I finally get home

 

My brother Paul he prayed three times

Lord, take my burden away

He'd suffered so long and struggled so hard

But all he heard was Jesus say

 

My grace is sufficient

My grace is sufficient

My grace is sufficient

And you are never alone

 

Just like brother Paul

We all have our weakness

We all have to struggle along

But in God's plan children, we must understand

Though we are weak, He is strong

 

And His grace is sufficient

His grace is sufficient

His grace is sufficient

And we are never alone

 

His grace is sufficient

His grace is sufficient

His grace is sufficient

And you, children you, are never alone

 

 

I DON'T BELONG

words by Gloria Gaither, music by Buddy Greene

 

It's not home

Where men sell their souls

And the taste of power is sweet

Where wrong is right

And neighbors fight

While the hungry are dyin' in the streets

Where kids are abused

And women are used

And the weak are crushed by the strong

Nations gone mad

Jesus is sad

And I don't belong

 

Chorus:

I don't belong

And I'm going someday

Home to my own native land

I don't belong

And it seems like I hear

The sound of a "welcome home" band

I don't belong

I'm a foreigner here

Singing a sojourner's song

I've always known

This place ain't home

And I don't belong

Don't belong

But while I'm here

I'll be living like I've nothin' to lose

And while I breathe

I'll just believe

My Lord is gonna see me through

I'll not be deceived

By earth's make-believe

I'll close my ears to her siren song

By praisin' His name, I'm not ashamed

'Cause I don't belong

 

Repeat Chorus

 

I belong

To a kingdom of peace

Where only love is the law

Where children lead

And captives are freed

And God becomes a baby on the straw

Where dead men live

And rich men give

Their kingdoms to buy back a song

Where sinners like me

Become royalty

And we'll all belong

 

Yes I belong

And I'm going someday

Home to my own native land

Where I'll belong

And it seems like I hear

The sound of a "welcome home" band

Yes, I'll belong

No foreigner there

Singin' a sojourner's song

I've always known

I'm going home

Where I belong

Yes I've always known

This place ain't home

And I don't belong

 

 

I SERVE THE RISEN LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

(Chorus)

I serve the risen Lord

I serve the risen Lord

In His name I pray to love and obey

And serve the risen Lord

 

Repeat Chorus

 

He is the great I Am

The seed of Abraham

The Holy One, God's only Son

He is the great I Am

 

(Bridge)

Don't you know I never had a peace and love

Like I have today

Oh, and I wanna serve the risen Lord

He's the one and only way

 

repeat chorus

 

He paid the price for me

On the cross at Calvary

By His blood I'm saved from a sinner's grave

He paid the price for me

 

Repeat chorus

 

Repeat bridge

 

Repeat chorus

 

 

I'M GONNA PRAISE THE LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Well, I'm gonna praise the Lord with all of my heart

Then I'm gonna praise the Lord with all of my soul

I'm gonna praise Him with my heart, gonna praise Him with my soul

Gonna praise Him could He made me whole

I'm gonna priase the Lord with all of my heart

 

Well' I'm gonna praise the Lord with a brand new song

Said I'm gonna praise the Lord, sing it all night long

I'm gonna sing about the way that He opened my eyes

And the way He taught me right from wrong

I'm a'gonna' praise the Lord with a brand new song

 

Well, I'm gonna praise the Lord with my old "harpoon"

And Jerry's gonna praise the Lord with the "hound dog," too

 

Well, you can worry about love, you can worry about hate

You can worry about the judgement day

But you can't praise God when you're worrying away

So put your trust in His son, He's the only one who can help you through every day

With His wonderful love and His saving grace

 

Well I'm a' gonna praise the Lord every live-long day

Yes, I'm gonna praise the Lord every step of the way

I'm gonna praise Him in the morning, gonna praise Him in the night

Gonna praise Him with all of my might

I'm gonna praise the Lord for shining His light

Yeah, and I'm gonna praise the Lord in the middle of the night

Yeah, and I'm gonna praise the Lord with all of my might.

 

 

IN HIS PRESENCE

lyrics and music by Buddy Greene

 

I am dancing on the day that the Lord has made

I am dancing in this way 'cause I have heard it said

That the children of the Lord should sing and play and dance in His presence

And I am acting like a fool in the eyes of men

But I'm an educated fool and I have learned that when

I lay down my defenses I can sing and play and dance in His presence

 

chorus

In His presence there's a joy, there's a sweet release

Where grown men become boys with a brand new lease

On this life that is a gift from a Father to His son

An inheritance of love where all that's ever said and done

Is in His presence where guilt and shame have no place

Where the children are forgiven and they finally see His face

And all that they can do is sing to Him -- sing and play and dance in His presence

 

 

JESUS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

lyrics and music by Buddy Greene

 

There's a big crowd gathered at First Church

They're dressed up and lookin' so fine

They lean forward in their pews to hear the good news

And get a handle on God's design

But outside the need just keeps getting greater

In a sick old world, tired and sore

Back inside they give praise, but God must be amazed

When they don't look beyond that door. Because...

Jesus has left the building

He's back out on the street

He's busy dealing His mercy

To every hurting soul He meets.

He's out helping the homeless find shelter

He's out helping the jobless find work

He's donating His time to the feeble of mind

And for this some people think He's berserk

But He's just helping the helpless find justice

And mercy in a cold, cruel world

You see, His heart aches for all kinds of people

For every man, woman, boy, and girl

And that's why...

 

Chorus

 

He meets with His saints on Sunday

To remind us of all He has done

To save us from our place of suffering

To let us know He is the One

Who has shone His light into our darkness

And given us all of His blessings so we

Can be blessings to the ones

Who need to know God's only Son

Is in the business of setting people free. And, that's why..

 

Chorus

 

Back inside some people just keep on waiting

And prayin' that He would come down

But Jesus has left the building

He's out spreading His love all around.

 

 

THE JOY OF THE LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Well the joy of the Lord is a mighty fine thing

It's a blessing, what a blessing

But you won't have the joy of the Lord if you don't confess

Cause when I kept quiet about my sin I was wasted, oh, wasted

So I prayed and I asked the Lord to come in

And I tasted the joy of His

 

(Chorus)

Forgiveness, O Lord

O blessed is the man who rests

In your forgiveness, O Lord

Now you've sure been good to me

Won't you give me a clean heart, O God

Put a steadfast spirit in me

Let me feel your presence, O Lord

Take not your spirit from me

 

Now David was a man after God's own heart

But he stumbled, oh he stumbled

And he tried to conceal his sin but it would not work

Cause a child of the King is a fragile thing

And if he don't trust his Savior

To forgive his sins, well, he cannot win

And he'll never know the joy of his

 

Chorus

 

Well He sent His Son to save us

From the ways of sin and death

Cause He wants us all to have His heavenly rest

And He wants us all to know

The power of His love

The power to forgive us every one.

 

So if you believe in the Son of God

As your Lord and your Savior

Then confess your sins and turn from them

And you will know the joy of His

 

Chorus

 

 

KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE WORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

How in the world you gonna know

When a wolf comes along like a lamb ?

Telling you the wrong way, saying it's the right way

How you gonna understand ?

 

How you gonna know for sure

If the preacher is preaching it right ?

One is saying this and another saying that

Can they both be standing in the light ?

 

Chorus

Keep your head in the word

And your heart in the light

That's the only way you're gonna know

The only way you're gonna grow right

The spirit of God is like a flame in the night

And if you wanna do right

Keep your head in the word

And your heart in the light

 

How you gonna make your stand

"When it all comes crashing down ?

When Babylon is burning and everybody's turning

Waiting for the final round

 

Where you gonna be on that day

When the clouds come rollin in ?

When the Lord returns and everybody learns

The lessons of a life of sin

 

Chorus

 

You can never have all the answers

To a great and holy plan

When you talk about things eternal

It's just more than you can understand

But we all have a part in the story

And we're all a part of his concern

And the Lord is willing to teach

Everybody who is willing to learn

 

Chorus

 

 

KINGDOM HYMN

words by Ed Miller, music by Buddy Greene

 

Righteousness shall flow like water,

Peace shall blossom, joy remain.

Swords and spears be turned to plowshares.

At thy coming Lord to reign.

 

Age of justice, rod of iron,

Satan bound, thy people free.

Lions, lambs, and nations lying

Side by side in harmony

 

Earth shall yield a fruitful harvest,

Bible doctrine all men know.

Into Zion, holy city,

Shall all nations freely flow.

 

Take thy trumpet now creation,

Sound aloud the jubilee !

End of groaning, full redemption

Earth shall sing her major key !

 

Faith shall claim a present foretaste,

Now enjoy what soon shall be.

Come and rule my heart, King Jesus

Take thy throne and reign in me !

 

 

LESS THAN AN HONEST MAN

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

O Lord, would you make me an honest man ?

Would you help me to see me only as I am ?

A poor frightened child always tryin' to withstand

The temptation to be less than an honest man.

 

My friends they all tell me I've got a lot on the ball

They're just liftin' me up, but inevitably I fall

Into thinking I'm something special, forgetting who I am

Lord, without you, I'm less than an honest man

 

Bridge

Lord, I'm lost without your goodness in my heart

And I'm fooled so easily whenever we're apart

Lord, it's me who puts the distance between your heart and mine

When I know a branch will not bear fruit

Separated from the vine.

 

O Lord, would you make me an honest man ?

Would you help me to listen only to your command ?

And not to the voice that tells me

I'm just doing the best I can

Cause the best I can do is less than an honest man.

 

 

LORD I WANT TO THANK YOU

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

(Chorus)

 

Lord I want to thank you

For loving me the way that you do

Well, you turned me around in the light of the truth

Lord I want to thank you

 

Repeat chorus

In the middle of the night

Not a hope in sight

Lord, you found me there

With your wonderful light

And I just want to give you praise

For the rest of my days

When I think of the way

You love me, Lord, I'm amazed

 

Repeat chorus

 

Every night and every day

Lord, I want to pray

Cause you feed my soul

In the best kind of way

And when I stumble and fall

You're the one that I call

And you're always there

To help me, Lord, anytime at all

 

Repeat chorus

Repeat chorus

 

 

MAN AGAINST MAN

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

There's a fiery cross but it's not the cross of Christ

And sometimes it smolders and sometimes it rages in the night

And whether you glimpse it or see it glaring it's a horrible sight

Cause it has absolutely nothing to do with light

And it's fueled by a sin as ancient as man

And in some places I swear it's caused a curse in the land

It sends up a stench no holy God could ever stand

 

chorus:

And it's man against man, it's black and it's white

It's man against man, it's wrong and never right

It's man against man, it's Gentile and Jew

And when it's man against man

Lord God, it's man against You

 

It's been disguised as preference in our rhetoric and prose

Dressed up like something else when underneath like a cancer it grows

And unchecked it breeds corruption beneath deceptive clothes

In a vain attempt to hide what only the truth will expose

It's bred in our fathers and passed on to their sons

In the priveleged, deprived or the genius, or the simpleton

It can raise it's ugly head in nearly everyone

 

Repeat Chorus

 

I've seen it in our churches and I've seen it in our schools

And it's thriving in our neighborhoods and our social party rules

In Mississippi, New York City, in Capetown or Iran

Oh, the colors change but the politics are still man against man

But on a cross of crucifixion 2000 years ago

Blood was shed for the sins of every man and now I know

At the foot of that cross the ground is level and there's no

 

Man against man, no black, no white

There's no man against man

It's wrong and never right

No man against man, neither Gentile or Jew

Cause when it's man against man

Lord God, it's man against You

God it's man against You

 

 

MARY, DID YOU KNOW?

lyrics by Mark Lowry, music by Buddy Greene

 

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered

will soon deliver you.

 

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?

Did you know

that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby

You've kissed the face of God.

 

Mary, did you know?Mary, did you know?

 

Bridge:

The blind will see

The deaf will hear

The dead will live again

The lame will leap

The dumb will speak

The praises of The Lamb

 

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know

that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you're holding

is the Great I Am

 

 

THE MINSTREL OF THE LORD

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Once a young man heard the call of God

As he strummed his guitar and sang his song

And the joy of his salvation and the ideals of his youth

Made him long to be the minstrel of the Lord

 

So, he sang for love of God and he sang of Jubilee

Of debts being cancelled and prisoners set free

And whoever loved the truth would be arrested by the words

In the song of the minstrel of the Lord

 

Now the land had been forsaken by a universal curse

And an enemy was bent on changing good to bad to worse

As the young man saw the world he loved tormented by the wrong

He lamented and began to change his song

 

And he sang of human misery and all of sin's effects

From the pain of his conviction to the heart of God's elect

And whoever loved the truth now heard a warning in the words

of the song of the minstrel of the Lord

 

Now the minstrel, he was honest, he was smart and he was wise and

In his song could not help but tell the truth about the lies

Of the enemy, perpetuated on the dying world

It was the burden of the minstrel of the Lord

 

So he sang of resurrection and he sang of victory

Of love and life and triumph over all this misery

Oh, he sang for love of God, it was the first and final word

In the song of the minstrel of the Lord

 

And whoever will listen will hear of jubilee

Of debts being cancelled and prisoners set free

And whoever loves the truth will be arrested by the words

In the song of the minstrel of the Lord.

 

 

MORE LIKE YOU

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I want to know more about Jesus

I want to know more about His love

I want to feel the strength of His spirit

And His peace when the going gets rough

 

I want to know what He'd have me doing

While we wait for His glorious return

I want to leave my old ways behind me

And learn what He'd have me learn

 

Chorus

So Jesus, please won't You guide me

Won't you show me the things I should do

Cause I tried and I failed

But now I can see

That I need to be more

Need to be more

Lord, I need to be more like you

 

Well, we read about you and the tempter

And how your truth overcame his lies

Oh how different than in the beginning

When we gambled and lost paradise

 

Oh, but I've got You walking beside me

From now 'til eternity

And while the tempter's still tempting

I'll never fear

Cause your spirit is living in me

 

Repeat chorus

 

 

OH LORD, HOW I NEED YOU

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Oh Lord, I need your love to be

Ever in my heart

And Lord, by walking in your love

We'll never be apart

Keeping Your word in all I do

Is Your command

And nothing less will do

Oh Lord, how I need you

 

Lord, You convict me of my sins

And tell me to confess

And if I do and trust in You

Then You will provide my rest

For You are faithful and righteous to

Forgive my sins

And to cleanse me from

All my unrighteousness

 

(Bridge)

It's not because I know you

And it's not because I love you

It's only because you first loved me

That I've come to know you

That I've come to love you

 

And Lord, I know Your Spirit has come

And let me understand

"That if I abide in Your holy word

I'm truly a part of Your plan

So help me to be what you want me to be

That's my request

And nothing less will do

Oh Lord, how I need you

 

 

ONLY GOD

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

I had tried all my life to be a good man

I had convinced everyone but myself

Where deep inside there should have been light

There was only darkness

And where there was only room for myself

There should have been someone else

 

Left to my own devices I built an empty mansion

A life of accomplishments and altruistic deeds

But living alone in my stately home

Brought only sadness

For I needed love and I needed joy

But they were not mine to give

 

(Chorus)

For only God can give us His righteousness

Only God can give us His peace and rest

Only God can give us His perfect love

Only God can save us from all our sins

Only God can give us the strength to win

Only God can give us His perfect love

 

Now I'm not alone since my empty home

was filled with gladness

I'm learning to trust my God and His love

And not myself

And though now and then I stumble and sin

My God forgives me

Reminding me still that my futile will

Is nothing without Him.

 

Repeat chorus

 

 

ONLY ONE GOD OF GRACE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Once I was dead, in my sin I was helpless,

and then in my stead,

One bled and died,

and rose to fulfill His promise to those he would save by grace.

now I praise the One:

Only one God of grace.

 

chorus:

(there's) One God, of grace,

One faith in one gospel - only one way.

One blood, that saves

the blood of the One who died and lives to give us grace.

There's only one God, only one God of grace.

There's One Father in Heaven,

and one perfect Son

who was willing to pay the one cost;

to save one lost world

and create one new man

through the mercy of one lonely cross.

One Lord of life,

one comforting spirit,

one name lifted high.

One love, one hope,

one people who long to see one Jesus face to face.

There's only one God,

only one God of grace !

 

repeat chorus

 

There's only one God, only one God of ……

One God …of grace !

 

 

PRAISE YOU, LORD

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

(Chorus 1)

Praise you, Lord, for saving me

Praise you, Lord, for setting me free

Praise you, Lord, I want always to be praising you

 

(Chorus 2)

Thank you, Lord, for changing my heart

Thank you, Lord, for all you impart

Thank you, Lord, everyday I will start by thanking you

 

Your path is straight, but it's rocky

And I cannot walk it alone

But no matter how far I wander

You're always there to lead me on

 

(Chorus 3)

So lead me, Lord, this is my prayer

Lead me, Lord, with your love and care

Lead me, Lord, I know you'll always be there leading me

 

You have not promised me comfort

And there might be suffering and pain

But a crown of glory is waiting

All who will live by your holy name

 

Chorus 1

 

Chorus 2

 

Chorus 1

 

Chorus 2

 

 

REAL LOVE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

There is a love I gotta tell you just a little bit about it

It's a really fine love I can't help it,

I just gotta shout about the love of God.

Oh listen ! Don't be caught without the one and only,

Everlastin' love from the Father up above - Real love

 

Let me tell ya' real love is like an ocean that'll never run dry

If it's really real love, well then it's wide and it's long and it's high

It's the real deep love of a Father who would give His Son

So He could die for every one of those who are dyin' just to know real love

 

Did you know that you could be forgiven ?

Did you know that you've got a friend ?

Did you know that He'll never leave you,

His love and kindness will never end ?

Did you know He's a faithful Saviour, if you ever get out on a limb

When you're looking for the right solution,

You need to know that it's only through Him

 

That we find real love

The kind of love that makes you want to do right

Really beautiful love... will make you a really beautiful sight to the ones who need love, and

We all need to see the light of the one and only savin' love

from the Father up above... real love

One and only everlastin' love from the Father up above... real love

One and only everlastin' love from the Father up above...

Let me tell you.... real love

 

 

RECOVERING PHARISEE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I'm a pharisee in recovery

With new eyes I can see a big sinner in me

But it's the way of my human heart

To confess other people's sin,

Reluctant to admit my part or the deeper problem within.

But, thank God, He won't let me be, or remain in my hypocrisy

Sooner or later I'll be on my knees

honest to God a recovering Pharisee

 

I'm a sinner and a saint simultaneously

I'm not what I was or what I'm goin' to be

Still I've got that ol' tendency to be all a wicked man can be

It takes more than knowin' right from wrong

It takes more than singin' gospel songs

It takes the life of the Great I Am to produce any good in me

He's the Vine I'm the branch and I'm learnin' to be

Honest to God, a recovering Pharisee

 

I need the God of all grace each and every day

If I'm to run his race if I'm to walk in His way

I don't have to be a slave to sin I don't have to let the devil win

Cause the Son of God lives in me and He promises to set me free

So, Jesus, help my unbelief so I can follow you faithfully

You're the Shepherd I'm the sheep and you're helpin' me be

Honest to God, a recovering Pharisee

 

 

REST AWHILE

Words by Rusty Ingraham, music by Buddy Greene

 

Roll on, Yellow River, roll along

I'm just here to reminisce

Wet my feet and watch you run

Don't you ever just get tired

We've been running for so long

Let me rest here for awhile and play my song

 

Let me dream here in your shade, ol' willow tree

Help me clear this worried mind

Feel the gentle summer breeze

Let my spirit ride the wind

High above the eagle's throne

Let me rest here for awhile and play my song

 

(Chorus)

Let me rest here for awhile and play my song

Forget about tomorrow 'til it's gone

Nestled like a child

In Mother Nature's arms

Let me rest here for awhile and play my song

 

In the quiet of a peaceful, starry night

Lie beneath the summer moon

See the beauty in it's light

Feel the presence of the Father

Watch the breaking of the dawn

Let me rest here for awhile and play my song

 

(Repeat chorus)

 

 

SHORT OF THE MARK

Words & music by Buddy Greene

 

There was a Pharisee

Having supper with the Lord

When a sinner woman came their way

Well that woman began to weep

And with her tears she washed His feet

And she gave Him her heart

 

Now the Pharisee

Was a fine, upstanding man

And he shook his head

He could not love that woman

For the sinful life she'd led

So he hardened his heart

And he fell way short of the mark

 

(Chorus)

Short of the mark

Everytime you think you got it made

It's lying there in the dark

Another good intention mislaid

Bring it into the light

Cause the Lord has a better way

If we give Him our hearts

Instead of falling short of the mark

 

In the world today

There's a lot of folks

Working hard just to get ahead

And there's a lot of hungry mouths to feed

And every other kind of need

In the world today

 

You might think you're alright

And in the eyes of your friends

You know you're just a good ol' boy

And when it comes to your fellow man

You say you're doing all you can

But if you search your heart

You might find you're falling short of the mark

 

Repeat chorus

Repeat chorus

 

 

SINCE JESUS CAME INTO MY HEART (words by Rufus McDaniel, music by Charles Gabriel) /

TENDER LOVE AND CARE (words and music by Buddy Greene)

 

(Chorus)

Since Jesus came into my heart

Since Jesus came into my heart

Floods of joy o'er my soul

Like the sea billows roll

Since Jesus came into my heart

 

I had wandered o'er endless highways

Needing a reason to carry on

Life was troubled and so trying

I felt that all my strength was gone

But praise the Lord, He found me there

Kept me from sinking in my despair

He saved my soul by his mercy

Gave me His tender love and care

 

When there was no one left to guide me

He was right there by my side

I heard His message of forgiveness

And I had nothing left to hide

I turned it over to my Jesus

Asked Him to save me from my sins

He heard my prayer and He answered

"Heaven is waiting, so come on in!"

 

Now that I've found Him I'll never leave Him

I know that he'll be faithful and true

He's my savior and all of these things

He's done for me He'll do for you

Where he leads me I will follow

And His love I will gladly share

I'll never worry 'cause He's always

There with His tender love and care

 

(Chorus)

 

Where He leads me I will follow

And His love I will gladly share

I'll never worry 'cause He's always

There with His tender love and care

 

 

SINFUL MAN

words & music by Buddy Greene

 

It's so easy to be a gossip

It's so easy to betray my friends

And it's easy to make it excuses

But it's so hard to confess my sins.

 

And it's simple to receive forgiveness

To understand God takes away my sins

Yes, it's simple to believe in Jesus

But it's so hard to follow Him

 

For He goes where I don't want to follow

And He gives impossible commands.

And though I put him off until tomorrow

Still He loves me, this sinful man.

 

I'm so quick to offer sagely advice

And I'm quick to offer public prayer

In the middle of these pious offerings,

I'm often caught unaware

By hidden attitudes of doubt and pretense

That only underscore my unbelief

And once again I cry for grace and mercy

And once again He offers sweet relief

 

Still He goes where I don't want to follow

And He gives impossible commands.

And though I put him off until tomorrow

Still He loves me,

Oh Jesus loves me,

Though I'm sinful man.

 

 

SING PRAISE

words and music by Buddy Greene

PRAISE TO THE LORD THE ALMIGHTY

public domain / arranged by Buddy Greene

 

Chorus:

Praise to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost

Praise from the people of the earth and the heavenly host

Sing Hallelujah to the Godhead, three in one

Sing Hallelujah for the great things our Lord has done

 

Creation sings to the glory of our Savior and Lord

Salvation comes through Him alone

The mercies of our God and Father flow through His Son

His spirit works to make us one

 

Repeat Chorus

 

The Lord, our God, has paid the ransom with his own blood

His work has set the captives free

Rejoice all people for life that comes through faith in the Son

His spirit lives in you and me

 

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in us adore Him

All that has life and breath

Come now with praises before Him

Let the Amen sound from His people again

Gladly for aye we adore Him

 

Repeat first verse

 

 

TUMBLIN' DOWN

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

There'll be nothin' you can do and nothin' you can say

When it all comes tumblin' down.

Will God see the blood when He looks your way,

When it all comes tumblin down ?

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

Now the mercy of the Lord will pardon you sin

When it all comes tumblin' down

And if you're saved by grace you'll be followin' Him

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

Well ya' reap what ya' sow along life's way

So when it all comes tumblin down

Don't be numbered with the goats on the judgement day

When it all comes tumblin down

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

There'll be nothin' you can do and nothin' you can say

So will God see the blood when He looks your way,

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

When it all comes tumblin' down

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

Will you be safe in the Lamb ?

When it all comes tumblin' down

 

 

VIRTUOUS WOMAN

written by Ashley Cleveland and Buddy Greene

 

A virtuous woman came into my life

The crown of her husband, an excellent wife

She gives me more than I'll ever need

This virtuous woman, a blessing indeed

 

So skillfully busy with the work of her hands

Tending her household and all it demands

Clothed in her strength and her dignity

My virtuous woman, a wonder to see

 

(Bridge)

And Jesus wants me to love her

The way that He loves me

Sacrificing my own desires

Attending to her needs

As He does for me

 

Beauty is empty and charm a deceit

But her steadfast love is a treasure to me

No words of contention, no thorn in my side

Just a virtuous woman, my beautiful bride

 

Repeat bridge

 

A virtuous woman came into my life

The crown of her husband, an excellent wife

She gives me more than I'll ever need

This virtuous woman, a blessing indeed

 

My virtuous woman, what a treasure to me

 

 

WHEN I DIE

words and music by Buddy Greene

 

Charlie was a righteous man, he was saved by the blood of the Lamb

And he loved this life but he longed for a better land

And the older and wiser he got, the more he would place his lot

On the things unseen and the hope of a heavenly plan

 

Now, Charlie had a faithful wife, a few kids and a pretty good life

And a pretty good sense that he didn't have a very long time

And Charlie got sick and he never got well.

But Charlie was ready and able to tell

His grieving family the last thing on his mind. He said,

 

Chorus:

 

"When I die you can put me in a box and bury my bones wherever you please

You can cry and wail but it aint' gonna bother me

'Cause (Charlie and I) I'll be a long-time gone to a bright and happy home

Celebrating and singin and worshipping 'round my heavenly Father's throne

Celebrating and singin and worshipping 'round my heavenly Father's throne."

 

Now the sky was cold and gray at the funeral home that day

And the friends and family gathered from far and wide

And they all stood by Charlie's grave and they listened to the message the preacher gave

And thought it was over when up stood Charlie's bride

 

She said, "I'm sure glad to see you all here 'cause Charlie held you all so dear

And he wants to see you all in heaven when it comes your time

So if you want to die like Charlie died, you've gotta live like Charlie lived

Loving God and people and longing for the other side."

 

Now the tears and the silence and the cold and rain were not gonna have their way

'Cause the hope of the resurrection was ringing through all she had to say

And her love for Charlie and Jesus filled her heart in a woundrous way

And the joy of the Lord spilled out of that child

 

As everybody heard her say (she said...)

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

YOU'RE ALL I NEED

Words and music by Buddy Greene

 

I've never been able to find myself

'Til I found me in you

And I've never been able to love myself

'Til I learned to love you

Lord, you're everything I need

No matter my wants, no matter my greed

You're all I need

 

I'd never be able to love my wife

Like you want me to

If at first I didn't give up my life

And learn to trust you

Cause you show how love's supposed to be

Between me and her, between her and me

You're all we need

 

(Bridge)

I was your prodigal son

I was lost in the world, but now I am found

And though I wander sometimes

Still you're faithful to find me

And bring me around

 

Lord, I wanna be able to love my child

The way you love me

And I wanna be able to understand

All he really needs

Jesus, help me to see

That the only way to be

The best I can be is when I believe

You're all I need

Jesus, you're all I need

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