BOW & RUDDER
PHILIP MARTIN STUEBE
(formerly Minstrel Martin)
ANCHOR IN THE SQUALL
The sea is wide and deep, with waves like mountains steep. And I cannot see through, no I can’t see You. And it’s only a matter of time before this boat will capsize, unless You come for me soon. Oh, come to my rescue; Jesus come to my rescue. You are my hope, oh God. You are my Anchor in the squall. You are my hiding place; You are my refuge through the storm. And though it all seems lost to despair and hopelessness, still I’ll raise my eyes to the sky and won’t forget all that You’ve gotten me through. This land is not my home, You call my heart beyond. To a place over the sea where I can be free, in an abode You’re preparing for me. The sea is wide and deep with waves like mountains steep, and though I can’t see through, my heart will follow You. You’re leading me onwards. You’re leading me home to You.
GRACE LIKE TIDAL WAVES
I did not expect this, I couldn’t see it coming; You’ve taken me by surprise. Like a flash-flood of mercy Your ocean overtakes me, I’m drowned in Your sea of life. Grace like tidal waves, crash over my soul. Compelled by love I’ll surrender all control. Unrelenting, a chase never-ending, determined to win my heart. From the moment I entered the world You were there, in pursuit from before the start. Grace like tidal waves crash over my soul. Compelled by love I’ll surrender all control. Grace like tidal waves, crash over my soul. And all shame, fear, and misery are gone with the undertow. All my days, they were written inside Your Book of Life. Even when I was runnin’ You knew one day I’d be by your side.
BOW & RUDDER
The sails are set, the drums pound deep in my chest. It makes me want to run away, but I have chosen to stay. The solid ground, I watch it drift into shade, but I will never regret the price that was paid. You’re my Bow and Rudder, Strength and my Song. There can be no other to carry my soul. The salted gale, it steals my words and my breath, still You hear the cry of my heart, singing, “How great Thou art…” For You alone have made the wind and the waves. So I will not fear the pain, and I will call on Your Name. ‘Cause You’re my Bow and Rudder, Strength and my Song. There can be no other to carry my soul. You’re my Bow and Rudder. You’re there at the helm. Though my faith, it shudders, I’ll say, “It is well with my soul.”
I walk by faith and not by sight. Your Spirit leads me through the darkest of nights. I walk by faith and not by sight. My eyes betray what I know inside. But Your Word is my lantern light. Well, I left the well-worn path for one that’s scarcely ever seen; the deepest of the wildwood, midst the most untamed of beasts. So I held my flicker high and let my song roam free. ‘Cause I know that just the smallest spark, it’ll make the darkness flee. Well that witty Devil, he is clever, but I’m not ignorant to his ways. And all those neon signs ahead, they won’t make me lose my way. ‘Cause I’ve been before down those old roads, all littered with guilt and shame, and never again will my heart give in, ‘cause I’m headed for light of day. Gonna let it shine this lantern light.
STARS & CHARTS
These crashing waves they call my name, a chatter in the dark. The stars above look down on us, so peaceful, set apart. A million miles between us now, numb to the fight inside. Alone we cry, “Oh me, oh my. If only I could fly!” A day is coming soon, we’ll see Him face-to-face. And all the earth will fade away. Our souls so caught up in the clouds, we’ll fly away. And our songs will resound always. Oh we could wish on one of these stars up in the sky. But I do fear it would not bring us any better by. The raging sea beneath our feet, it stretches far and wide. ‘Tis One alone who calms the Tempest, tames the violent tide. A day is coming soon, we’ll see Him face-to-face. And all the earth will fade away. Our souls so caught up in the clouds, we’ll fly away. And our songs will resound always. Oh, we will worship Your great Name.
You have called me out from my sleep, from my slumbering. And I know without a doubt it is You I should be following. And even in the dark and storm, I will call upon You, Lord, ‘cause You have set me free. And when I stumble through the night, I will not give up the fight, ‘cause You have made me clean. You have called me out from my sleep, from my slumbering. And I know without a doubt, there’s no place that I’d rather be.