Wake Up Sleeper lyrics

Lyrics are also available as a 3-page PDF.

1. Wake Up Sleeper
Words and music by Jody Killingsworth

Wake up sleeper arise,
Where’s the fire in your eyes
Where’s the hunger that proves you’re alive
Where’s the tears that make us wise?

Thorns and devils on our way
Don’t turn your heart to what they say
They’ll just trick you and lead you astray
Keep a careful watch and pray

Their time is already passing away
Can’t you see the light of day.

Wake up sleeper and live,
With all the courage you can give
To face the armies both outside and in
You’ve got that crown of life to win.

So put some meat on those bones,
Or you’ll just sink like a stone
Put fear and distraction behind you at home
Step out into the great unknown.

And cling to his promises, don’t let them go—
He’s going to reap the things he sows.

Wake up sleeper and hear,
The sound of heaven coming near
Get ready your welcome, make ready your cheer
To greet your king when he appears

2. Where Are the Persecuted?
Words and music by Jody Killingsworth

Where are the persecuted?
Show me a willing man
Since everything’s gone easy now, what a happy time we’re in
Caught in a fog of feeling
She’s gone and dropped her task
You take too much for granted, boys, someday you’re gonna pay it back
You’ll have to pay it back
You’ll have to pay it back

Where are the persecuted?
There’s something not quite right
The signal fires were beaming strong and you turned out the light
The lamb went to the slaughter
And you go to your bed
Our fathers drank a bitter cup
But mine went to my head
I drank wine instead
I drank wine instead

So proud of your demeanor
They like to feel you smooth
They tell me you’re legitimate ’cause you don’t pick and choose
Truth went in the cooler
Got buried in the shed
But tell me not to worry now and I’ll make sure you’re very well fed

‘Cause everybody knows that above all else
A man has got to do just whatever he can
Here in America the times are bad,
And it is harder now just to keep your family fed

Keep your family fed
Keep your family fed
Keep your family fed

Where are the persecuted?
No one ever stirs the dust
It was good for Paul and Silas but not good enough for us

3. Hiding Place
Words and music by Jody Killingsworth

Day of wrath! A certain and dreadful day
When earth and sky are burned away
The sun will dim,
And with it the moon decay
To greet His fierce return

The trumpet sounds
And all of the dead arise
A mighty army swells the skies
The Lamb descends,
A burning within His eyes,
To conquer and to judge

So swift He leads
Those heavenly armies on
To slay the harlot Babylon
Lo, hear her now enjoying a prideful song
He’ll catch her by surprise

And from the earth her name erase
O Jesus, be my hiding place
O Jesus, be my hiding place
Hiding place…

Foolish now, the philosophies we did trust
“O rocks and hills come fall on us!”
Man dreads to come,
Let me tell you, but come he must
And face his destiny

Wretched soul,
What sympathy can we plead?
O who for us can intercede?
Our sighs and tears
So futile and empty seem
When underneath His frown

Yet there’s one voice can save the race
O Jesus, be my hiding place
O Jesus, be my hiding place
Hiding place…

Judgment waits for you and me
The axe is ready for the tree
Those secret things
His justice will expose
So heed me well, or hope is lost
Surrender now beneath the Cross
Take care to enter
Before the moment goes
A door that He can open, He can close

The little child, and the pompous king
Are here the same, great reckoning
The vilest tongue His praises sing
The stiffest knee bow down
Man can’t atone for his disgrace
O Jesus be my hiding place
O Jesus be my hiding place

4. Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Cleanse me from its guilt and power

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyelids close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

5. God of Abraham
Lyrics by Thomas Olivers

The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days, and God of Love;
Jehovah, great I AM! by earth and Heav’n confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred Name forever blessed.

The God of Abraham praise, at Whose supreme command
From earth I rise—and seek the joys at His right hand;
I all on earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power;
And Him my only Portion make, my Shield and Tower.

He by Himself has sworn; I on His oath depend,
I shall, on eagle wings upborne, to Heav’n ascend.
I shall behold His face; I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace forevermore.

There dwells our Lord and King, the Lord our righteousness,
Triumphant o’er the world and sin, the Prince of peace;
On Sion’s sacred height His kingdom He maintains,
And glorious with His saints in light forever reigns.

The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high;
“Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” they ever cry.
Hail, Abraham’s God, and mine! (I join the heav’nly lays,)
All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise.

6. The Son of God Goes Forth to War
Lyrics by Reginald Heber
The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain;
His blood red banner streams afar:
Who follows in His train?
Who best can drink his cup of woe,
Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears his cross below,
He follows in His train.

That martyr first, whose eagle eye
Could pierce beyond the grave;
Who saw his Master in the sky,
And called on Him to save.
Like Him, with pardon on His tongue,
In midst of mortal pain,
He prayed for them that did the wrong:
Who follows in His train?

A glorious band, the chosen few
On whom the Spirit came;
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,
And mocked the cross and flame.
They met the tyrant’s brandished steel,
The lion’s gory mane;
They bowed their heads the death to feel:
Who follows in their train?

A noble army, men and boys,
The matron and the maid,
Around the Savior’s throne rejoice,
In robes of light arrayed.
They climbed the steep ascent of Heav’n,
Through peril, toil and pain;
O God, to us may grace be given,
To follow in their train.

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