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The Abundance of Peace

Désirée Goyette  •  Album


Désirée Goyette's collaborative album with composer/keyboardist Peter J. Hodgson, produced over several years, has been one of the highlights of her career. This newly expanded recording of The Abundance of Peace features an additional vocal selection and three lovely piano solos. Peter’s exquisite arrangements and original settings of these 15 inspiring texts and tunes were an absolute joy to record.


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Psalm 100
Lyrics from the Bible
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness:
Come before his presence with singing, with singing, joyful singing.

Know ye that the Lord He is God:
It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His holy name.

For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting, everlasting mercy;
And His truth endureth throughout all generations.

Trust the Eternal
Lyrics by William P. McKenzie
Music arr. by Peter J. Hodgson

Trust the Eternal when the shadows gather,
When joys of daylight seem so like a dream;
God the unchanging pities like a father;
Trust on and wait, the daystar yet shall gleam.

Trust the Eternal, for the clouds that vanish
No more can move the mountains from their base
Than sin’s illusive wreaths of mist can banish
Light from His throne or loving from His face.

Trust the Eternal, and repent in meekness
Of what heart’s pride that will not yield,
Then to thy child-heart shall come strength in weakness,
And thine immortal life shall be revealed,
And thine immortal life shall be revealed.

In Thee, O Spirit, True and Tender
Lyrics by Frances A. Fox
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

In Thee, O Spirit true and tender,
I find my life as God’s own child;
Within Thy light of glorious splendor,
I lose the earth-clouds drear and wild.

Within Thy love is safe abiding,
From ev’ry thought that giveth fear;
Within Thy truth a perfect chiding,
Should I forget that Thou art near.

In Thee I have no pain or sorrow,
No anxious thought, no load of care.
Thou art the same today, tomorrow;
Thy love and truth are everywhere.

In Heavenly Love Abiding
Lyrics by Anna L. Waring
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

In heav’nly Love abiding no change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me and my heart may low be laid;
But God is ’round about me and can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me no want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me and nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh and His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh and I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure, my path in life is free;
My Father has my treasure, and He will walk with me.

They Who Seek the Throne of Grace
Lyrics by Oliver Holden
Music arr. by Peter J. Hodgson

They who seek the throne of grace,
Find that throne in ev’ry place:
If we live a life of prayer,
God is present everywhere.

In our sickness, in our health,
In our want, or in our wealth,
If we look to God in prayer,
God is present ev’rywhere.

Then, my heart, in ev’ry strait,
To thy Father come and wait;
He will answer ev’ry prayer,
God is present ev’rywhere.

Psalm 23
Lyrics from the Bible
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
For Thou art with me;
Thy rod and staff they comfort me, comfort me, comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, forever.

Psalm 37
Lyrics from the Bible
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

Fret not thyself, fret not thyself because of evildoers,
Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
So shalt thou dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself in the Lord;
And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord, and he shall bring it to pass.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
For the meek shall inherit the earth;
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace, the abundance of peace.

Day by Day the Manna Fell
Lyrics by Josiah Conder

Day by day the manna fell:
O, to learn this lesson well.
Still by constant mercy fed,
Give us, Lord, our daily bread.

Day by day, day by day the promise reads,
Daily strength for daily needs:
Cast foreboding fears away;
Take the manna, the manna for today.

Lord, our times are in Thy hand:
All my sanguine hopes have planned,
To Thy wisdom, wisdom we resign,
And would mold my will to Thine.

Thou our daily tasks shalt give;
Day by day to Thee we live;
So shall added years fulfill
Not our own, our Father’s will.

Day by day.

Psalm 92
Lyrics from the Bible
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,
And to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
To shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness at night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery;
Upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through Thy works, through Thy works.
I will triumph in the works of Thy hands, of Thy hands.

Psalm 98
Lyrics from the Bible
Music by Peter J. Hodgson

O sing unto the Lord a new song, a new song:
For He hath done marvelous things:
His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.
The Lord hath made known His salvation:
His righteousness hath He openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered His mercy and truth toward the house of Israel:
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth:
Make a loud noise, and sing praise.

Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm;
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.
O sing unto the Lord a new song.

O Dreamer, Leave Thy Dreams
Lyrics by Rosa Maud Turner
Music arr. by Peter J. Hodgson

O dreamer, o dreamer,

O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking,
O captive rise and sing for thou art free;
The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking,
unloosing bonds of all captivity.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;
To banish pain, and wipe all tears away.
He comes anew to humble hearts revealing
The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,
Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;
For ev’ry tear to bring full compensation,
to give thee confidence for all thy fears.

He comes to call the dumb to joyful singing;
The deaf to hear the blinded eyes to see;
The glorious tidings of salvation bringing.
O captive, rise, thy Saviour comes to thee.

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