By The Streams

by Jonathan Ogden

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The psalms have always been one of my favourite parts of the Bible. I find them such a great way to connect with God and I love the honesty that the psalms display. I've been spending a lot of time in the psalms this year and every now and then there'll be a psalm that I just have to stop on and read over and over. The first being Psalm 1. I was struck with the simplicity of meditating day and night on the word, so I took to doing that with the psalms, just taking a passage or a verse and reading it over and over, writing it down, praying it, singing it. In seasons of difficulty I found the promise of psalm 1 to be true. That the one who meditates on the word is like a tree, planted by streams of water - his leaves do not wither and he bears fruit in its season. The busier that life and ministry gets, it becomes vital to be rooted in the word. Being planted by the streams of God's word became a constant source of strength and joy. I found God there. I found peace. I found new songs. I experienced the delight that is spoken about in verse 2 of psalm 1. And began to write songs taken from the psalms. These songs were more personal than the kind of songs I usually write. These were often songs sung in secret, about who God is and who I am to Him. As much as I enjoy the process of recording a full album with a band and a studio, and getting to sing them live with crowds of people, I wanted to capture these songs in the same way that they were written, in the secret place. I wanted to go back to the simplicity of being in my room with a guitar, piano and a laptop, recording the songs as they came out and releasing them as they are. They're simple songs, many of them prayers, they're not polished, but they're deeply personal songs that have been birthed out of prayer and meditation on certain psalms that God has highlighted to me. Psalm 139 (You See), Psalm 119 (Let Me Not Wander), Psalm 91 and Psalm 1 (By The Streams). Each one is like a bookmark in the Bible and a reminder of what God taught me through spending time in those passages. I hope that in some way my interpretations of these psalms would help people to connect with God in a personal way as well, but more than anything to discover Him and His word for themselves, and to discover the joy of being planted by the streams.

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released January 17, 2016

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Track Name: You See
Father God You know my every thought
You know my ways the path on which I walk
You know me better than I know myself
You've known me longer than anyone else

Such knowledge is too wonderful me
I can't even understand it
Such knowledge is too wonderful me
I can't even comprehend it

But I know You see
This I know, You see

I could walk where men may never tread
Or plunge the depths where I could make my bed
But I never win hide and seek
You're so good at finding me
Only lost in the mystery
Of the depth of your love for me

And even when,
Even when my world is shaking, Lord
Your hand will hold me still

I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Track Name: Let Me Not Wander
With my whole heart
I have sought You
With my whole heart

Let me not wander from Your commandments
Let me not wander from Your word

For Your word I've hidden in my heart
That I might not sin against You

Blessed are You Lord in all of Your ways
I open up my mouth, declare Your praise
I will meditate on Your word
And I will not forget
I will not forget
Your promises to me
Track Name: Psalm 91
I will not fear
The arrows or the night
As thousands fall
To my left and to my right

I will abide, in the safety of your shadow
Under your wings, my heart will find its rest

The wicked fall
And with my eyes I see
But your faithfulness
Will be a shield to me

Cause I have made, my dwelling place in You God
And I'm not afraid, cause I am held by You God

Here in Your presence, I find my refuge oh Lord
And here in the secret, I hear you whisper to me
Here in Your presence, I find my refuge oh Lord
And here in the secret, I hear you whisper to me
Track Name: By The Streams
I have found my soul's delight
In You Lord, In You Lord
I have found my soul's delight
In Your eyes, In Your eyes

Your word is water to my soul
Your word is life to me

Plant me like a tree, by the streams of living water
Plant me like a tree, by the streams, by the streams

Day and night
I will meditate on Your word