The Silence (2019) by Raymond Mowla

The Silence Cover

 

The Silence (2019)
by Raymond Mowla
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmrh2Rn6iqo&feature=youtu.be

 

Lyrics:

VERSE 1
Silence ‘ll make ya’ scream

I use to ask these questions like a fiend
Always lookin’ for the answers to this life and what it means
I was searchin’ for a purpose when the weight of life set in
Time it slowly pushes forward; never knowin’ why within

I saw the breadth of people movin’ with the trends
Saw the influence of culture steady influence my friends
But resistance’ not an option lest I know where I begin
‘Cause we’re all searchin’ for meaning only different in our sin

Some seek ambition, but for me was juice and gin
With the youthful lust enticements of the chicks who felt the same
We were just kids, just friends, just playin’ and just then,
I heard a switch in plural nouns now overnight we’re just men

But what’s the ev-i-dence? I never felt the change
Since I’m riding with the tag-a-longs’ still movin’ just the same
It’s so funny how them adolescence boys will make the claim
Yet the Scriptures say a real man puts away the former things

CHORUS
That means confession and repentance for your sins
‘Cause rebellion is like conjuring a spell to do your will
And our arrogance, synonymous: to bow to lesser things
It’s a wonder that our God exhibits patience to the end

 

A friend of sinners but an enemy of sin
He most graciously rejects our mediocrity and then
Gives us new life, new hope, a new vision with new goals
A child who used to hate is now a man with love that over-flows!

VERSE 2
Quite often diplomatic
He’s seen the failures in my walk and still He never railed against me like,
“let’s let him have it!”

He’s got a gentle habit.
But second Peter clarifies that there’s a purpose in His patience that the mockers laugh at

But on to where I’m now at
I’ve seen that purpose is perceived by when you walked upon the path and then you stand to look back

That’s where you’ll see His work at
And how He’s intricately woven into all our human plans – a plan to heal our hurts that

We’ve only caused upon ourselves as we’ve denied Him
Lied and deprived our own communities with silence
Speaking not of justice as pertains to His designs and
Glorying in selfishness delighting in our pride – I’m

Equally guilty now I’m standing here beside Him
A product of the fall but not subject to my environment
Humility is key to be exalted to the high-est
That’s when our minds will elevate to high beyond the blindness

He gives His Holiest of Spirit’s as a guide that
Leads us into truth as He renews our inner mindset
Now all we gotta do is ask Him for this life
Cause He sent His Son to die
Just to offer us this kind-ness

CHORUS

That means confession and repentance for your sins
‘Cause rebellion is like conjuring a spell to do your will
And our arrogance, synonymous: to bow to lesser things
It’s a wonder that our God exhibits patience to the end

 

A friend of sinners but an enemy of sin
He most graciously rejects our mediocrity and then
Gives us new life, new hope, a new vision with new goals
A child who used to hate is now a man with love that over-flows!

 

The Silence (2019)
by Raymond Mowla
Engineered by Adam Pondang

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Sacrificial Offering (2019)

The Lord has poured out His everything for us…

It’s the very least we can do to offer Him the same!

Sacrificial Offering (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxqHH43G65A

Sacrificial Offering Cover

 

Lyrics

VERSE 1
Tell me how long must I remain with you?
Let’s call this class to session or is it a vain issue?
You think I’m writin’ these tracks to be the top rapper?
The pride-filled who battlin’ to be the next snapper?
The King Fish? Well I’m servant of only One Master

The battle’s won with acknowledgement of the hereafter
And so let’s come to understanding why we need saving
Don’t want you end up on the wrong side with eternal grieving
I’d miss you – Too much to ever stop proclaiming
I hit you with another joint to make you feel the rain kid
I’ll never stop until I see you on the other side
And know my labors were enough to make your mother cry
“Oh happy day”

CHORUS
Our Father who is up in heaven hallowed be Your Name
We pray Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
Let it be done on earth exactly as You see in heaven
Give us our daily bread and wipe us of our transgressions

Forgive us of our debts as we forgive all those our debtors
And lead us not into the trap ‘cause You desire better
But please deliver us from evil as he has a name
We give You glory and the honour; You forever reign!

VERSE 2
“The temptations of this world all lead us to evil”
I said it in my other track let me complete the sequel
I’m fighting daily hoping that you will engage the choice
Cause no matter what you speak – your life proclaims a voice

And it is either leading men in hope or in deception
I sense my role upon the stage of life is interception
I got these tunes and lots of truth for every live occasion
And many doors of opportunity are daily waitin’

But yo the enemy is standing near to stir a doubt
Hopin’ we’ll lose the strength to battle and to call him out
But yo the Lord has trained my hands to now engage the war
So tell me what you think we gather weekly fighting for?

He got yo’ back when you didn’ know your back is weekly needed
To be covered inside the prayers of weekly interceding
So then we need each other – If we’ll go on believing
Cause Jesus modeled intimate community to heathens

So lead us Father all ya’ parts as we prepare for battle
And let our lives become an offering to the Sovereign Master
Oh Lord we need your guidance – we need your peace
Save us from ourselves to serve You as Your loyal sheep

Chorus:
Our Father who is up in heaven hallowed be Your Name
We pray Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
Let it be done on earth exactly as You see in heaven
Give us our daily bread and wipe us of our transgressions

Forgive us of our debts as we forgive all those our debtors
And lead us not into the trap ‘cause You desire better
But please deliver us from evil as he has a name
We give You glory and the honor; You forever reign!
(x2) Sacrificial Offering (2019)

Written by Raymond Mowla
Engineered by Adam Pondang

Track 8: A Song of Ascents (2019)

Inspired by Psalm 121, quite literally. Even the name, “Track 8” is a play on words of how they named the psalms of the Psalmist in the book of Psalms.

Check out this hip hop remix rendition of Psalm 121 with a cool summertime flow.

LYRICS

CHORUS: It’s like I’m right there beside You
When I seek You in song Feel
Your love it surrounds me
Tellin’ me of where I belong

And Your Spirit He guides me
Holdin’ firm through the storm
It’s been an uphill battle
Tell me where does my help come from?

Help come from?
Where does my help come from?

Help come from?
Where does my help come from?

Help come from?
Where does my help come from?

Help come from?

VERSE 1:
Call upon the Name of my God
His presence is the place we belong
The family of Christ is a team unified by the Head all connected as one
We battlin’ through worship and song
Our enemies: defenseless and scorned –
‘Cause the power of the cross has redeemed us and saved us and freed us to serve Him as Lord

My life is now hidden in Christ
There’s no option to serve I was bought at a price
He’s the God of salvation And paid with His life
While I’was walkin’ in darkness And callin’ it light

Was enslaved and deceived
But His mercies to me
Turned my heart in a plea
To the hill – Cal-va-ry
Now this love got me prayin’
For the whole world to see
Where His arms are wide opened
And nailed to a tree

CHORUS:
It’s like I’m right there beside you
When I seek You in song
Feel Your love it surrounds me
Tellin’ me of where I belong

And Your Spirit He guides me
Holdin’ firm through the storm
It’s been an uphill battle
Tell me where does my help come from?

VERSE 2:
The Lord goes before me in battle
His love is a shield to my life
Even the sun and its rays cannot harm me,
He stands here before me through the darkest of night

Was the type, used to stare at the mountains
Thought I knew about power and might
Til’ I saw how the kingdoms have fallen by a man crucified – what a glorious sight!

If the story ended there, who cares?
It was what happened after That has calmed every fear
It was three days later – Over two thousand years
It’s the tomb found empty Our God – borrowed a grave!

It’s the overwhelming evidence
Proof that now represents
God came as man with instructions to rep’ for Him
If you love Jesus, forget not His benefits
And witness to all of His love – never reticent.

CHORUS:
It’s like I’m right there beside you
When I seek you in song
Feel your love it surrounds me
Tellin’ me of where I belong

And Your Spirit He guides me
Holdin’ firm through the storm
It’s been an uphill battle
Tell me where does my help come from?
(x2)

 

Track 8 – A Song of Ascents
by Raymond Mowla ft Tonisha Dumaresq
Engineered by Adam Pondang

 

Introducing… (2019)

NEW SINGLE – Introducing (2019)

 

LYRICS

Introducing!
Coming to you live and direct like a nuissance
Started in the streets, went to text, now to music
Snatch away a soul from the fire ‘fore they lose it

If you only knew kid
If you only knew kid

How a demon spies on your life; watch your movements
Set a vision right before ya eyes blinds ya views with
Now you’re steady movin in a spiral but you choose it

Whatchu gon’ do kid?
Whatchu gon’ do kid?

Victory is found in the one who they slew wit
Felons on His sides as they mocked Him and threw things;
Willingly He gave up His life; Hail the true King!

Careful what you choose then!
Careful what you choose friend

‘Cause He resurrected on the third and He’s movin
Speaking through His people by the Spirit as He use’ them
Witness of – grace that’s through faith – don’t abuse it

Time is comin soon man
Time is comin soon friend.

Open up ya eyes; see that signs; chuck the deuces
Tell that sin you’re ‘leaving it behind’; read the blueprint
Open up the Scriptures and ya mind; feed tha’ new man

Blessing’s are in view man
Blessing’s are in view when

Eatin’ up the Scriptures every day; start to do them
Showin’ real repentance is a sign that you grew kid
Come into the light; cease to hide – so you prove it

Is it really you man?
Is that really you man?

Neighbours on tha block start to shout for tha new kid
Praising Him a heart once so dark is improving
Showing the salvation of God in a human

Making all things new man
Making all things new and

Now I see redemption is an art that He drew in
Knowin’ we’d be wicked from the start ’cause He knew men
Travelled off the path; wandered off, prone to do it

Careful how you move then
Careful how you move friend

Devil’s throwin’ snares; unawares lacking prudence
Tryna keep you passive, distracted, and useless
The enemy’s attacks have no tact they just prove men

See if you’re the true thing
See if you’re the true thing

Are you daily speaking the truth since you knew Him?
Is your life abounding in fruit since He moved in?
Are you daily growing in His grace and renewing?

Shout out to the crew then!

Introducing!

Coming to you live and direct like a nuissance
Started in the streets, went to text, now to music
Snatch away a soul from the fire ‘fore they lose it

If you only knew kid
If you only knew kid….

 

 

By Raymond Mowla
Engineered by Adam Pondang

New Single! Autonomy (2019)

***Autonomy (2019)***

 

I chose the name ‘Autonomy’ for this new single because it means ‘the right or condition of self government,’ as opposed to ‘Theonomy’ which means that ‘a society is ruled by divine law.’

I often speak about ‘change’ in most of my music but recently I realized that it would be hard to envision why I feel change was even necessary unless you had a glimpse into the sort of life I had been living and the sort of decisions I was making that ultimately led to my incarceration, and what God has taught me through the difficulties that abounded because of it.

A part of my confession now, in looking at the travesty of what self-government has done not only to my own life but also to the individual lives, friendships, and relationships of many who I love, is that I realize that there does exists a way in which we were intended to relate to God and one another, and even though our fallen nature along with its propensity towards autonomy draws us away from Him, God had a better intention for all of us.

One that, in forfeiting it, we have also forfeited the opportunities to experience true love, real wholeness (peace), and joys unspeakable in which we could daily live.

But all hope is not lost.
Christ came to restore ALL things.

My newest release is now available for a free download along with the lyrics in the YouTube description box. I thank you for taking the time to check out the new track and hope you find encouragement through it.

 

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It was like yesterday when He came into my life;
The night You came and made the kid shine bright
It was quite the fright – It made me see how these things ain’t right
And the way that I’d been living for the course of my life.

But You ain’t give me the things I should’ve got
Instead You showed me the price that my sins had cost
When you bowed low, exposed on the wooden cross.
Washed me n’ called me to serve for the realest Boss!

How my life then changed, give praise!
Now livin’ for the fame of the Ancient of Days
The Spirit moves like positional guidance
As long as you’re keepin’ in step and abidin’

If you on the straight and narrow – you ridin’
But if you like darkness – then I know why you hidin’
But you ain’t gotta be deceitful and blind men
The Lord’s got a space for you too on the line men

I was a man of addiction and violence
And still He came close to this wretch with His kindness
That’s why I give thanks to be free from the lie –
When I found out the Truth is a Spirit inside men

I know that you – too wanna fly
but you gotta let Him lift you up high like the tide
Cause there ain’t no reachin His side –
apart from the sacrifice He gave with His life

And if you wanna understand why
Then believe me He heard all your inner heart cries
So He sent me with song and the Word of reply
To inform you the thing weighing down on your life, is

The sin that you would cruelly deny
When you see how this thing in this world multiplies
You can mock all you want but your hurt is a sign
Something’s awfully wrong in this world we reside

But yo, He came to make it all right
And the process began when He raised up to life
Looking death in the face; walked away with a smile
Pocket aces; the King still retaining His title

Don’t be deceived by these American idols
Tryna sell you their ‘truths’ the same price as their pride goes
I know these dudes rep with lives that are lies bro
I seen it myself in the places where I go

But that ain’t gonna change my faith
I’ll never let it change my fate
His sacrifice was far too great To be ruled by fears and overcome by hate

Instead I’m gonna praise and wait
Exalting His Name so great!
Encouragement for seeds that take Just redeeming the time ’til the whole earth quakes

This kind of love has raised up the stakes
Showing man in himself couldn’t reach to his Maker
But the plan over time was a hope revelation
We’d abandon our pride and concede to our failure

And then we’d see our need for a Saviour
And turn away from our wayward behaviour
And place our trust in the God over all –
Who has loved us and gave up His Son just to save us.

 

By Raymond Mowla (2019)
Engineered by Adam Pondang

Who Can You Trust?

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LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN

One of the most interesting things I’ve observed about human behaviour and my own experience over the years is that we are more often prone to rejecting the right answers to our problems in favour of secondary solutions.

Growing up with a father who is a mechanic I saw numerous examples of this when I would observe customers who claimed to inwardly want the very best care for their new car but were often willing to use the cheapest gas, settle for second class parts, or even go to the less reputable shady mechanic down the street if they perceived that it would save them a few bucks.

And that’s not to say they my own father was without the temptation to compromise to save a few bucks at times either. The Bible tells us no one is good but God alone.

But although I think people genuinely do desire the best for themselves, we are rarely willing to pay the high price to do things the correct way the first time around.

Something within ourselves has convinced us that we can compromise integrity without compromising quality.

But the difference always reveals itself in the end.

I know a pastor who often reminds his congregation that for those who believe, “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence,” they are wrong. It’s only a matter of time before the grass on the other side is just as bad as your current grass because obviously you are the one who doesn’t water it!

What’s most tragic is that we don’t seem to mind paying the high costs of doing things the wrong way though.

However, what I find interesting about it all is that, if and when a person who all their lives has gone to a shady mechanic, bought questionable products, or made choices that left them in constant suspense about it decides one day to go to a good mechanic, they often begin to view even the good mechanic with the very same suspicions that they rightly felt with the shady mechanic they were accustomed to.

They’re always crying out “robbery”, unaccustomed to paying the actual price of getting a job done right. Or they become suspicious that something is not being done right, and feel totally justified to feel this way, even if nothing ever arises to confirm their suspicions.

It means that their own self-taught experiences with poor decision-making to choose disreputable options has actually trained them not to trust any mechanics anymore. (I feel like there’s some good relationship advice hidden away in this paragraph also.)

And that’s the real tragedy here, because it appears that cutting corners has in many ways cost us far more than we initially anticipated. This is a picture into the soul that has been warped by sin. It craves love, but not Jesus love. It craves acceptance, but not the acceptance of the cross. It craves living life to the full, but not the abundant life that is found only in the risen Christ.

And so instead we continue to find mediocre solutions that have so destroyed our faith in true love, real acceptance, and abundant life, that it has become easier to say that these things don’t really exist than to taste and see that all we’re really longing for is wrapped up in the risen Saviour!

Knowing that this broken perception existed in the fallen human heart, Jesus found it absolutely necessary to assure his disciples of the contrary in Him. He said:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 10:11-15

Which is why, even though it may be hard to break out of the cycle of not being able to fully trust in people, I welcome you to trust One who has proven Himself worthy in giving His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Which is why I implore you,

 

 

Trust Jesus!

Up In Smoke (2019) – Raymond Mowla

A powerful new song that brings up the downcast, humbles the proud, and reminds us that true justice will be served for all one day!

Lyrics:

Verse 1 – Imagine Cold nights, enterprising with sacrifice She sold her soul back in Genesis for the fame and lights The glitz shined nice Promised her a better life Money she could spend now Asking why she’s thinking twice The seed plants at a young age and takes root These things water the tree until it bears fruit And now the real crime is not that she’s turning tricks But she is a daughter of the King and doesn’t know it yet The temptations of this world all lead us to evil But here’s a definition that would impact more people To be evil means to fall short of the mark So that life you’re giving glory to’s nothing more than a fraud This world around me glorifies all the lesser things Instead of more ‘role models’ we need our Sovereign King Or we gon’ keep consigning daughters to the slaughter While their steady followin’ fools whose hearts is getting hard It’s like

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

Verse 2 This next girl is a totally different type of breed She’s got her family support; more likely to succeed She’s got honours like she studied up at Harvard She’s an academic scholar; they praise her for going farther But if you saw inside her soul it’s a dying place She’s still a daughter of Eve, part of a dying race She’s got the culturally accepted sort of flaws So there’s few places she goes where she still don’t get applause But she ain’t never read the Scripts or been born again She thought that was the first girls sort of problem She look down on the world with all its vice and sin But she never looked in the mirror to see it lies within Good behaviour blinds our need to seek a Saviour This kind of virtue’s a blessing but truly it’ll never save us I pray you place your faith in Him who died and rose again And not upon the sinking sand of personal accomplishment

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

Verse 3 This last dude is just filled with his religious talk He’s steady quoting the Scriptures but yo there’s something off He’s got interpretations leading to manipulation But if we ain’t reading for ourselves then yo it’s hard to blame him. We invested more in glam than we did in truth It’s like eternity means nothing here to most of you It’s how the false teacher prospers most often But “Vengeance is mine!” saith the Lord so He’s got them There ain’t nothing here in darkness that won’t come to light But everyday inside this world feels like a different fight So I set my sights ahead to my future self And I speak a Word from heaven into every hell For the glory He reveals how it comforts me It breaks every chain – it brings real peace I wander off in His love; awed by His majesty To be in God’s family, what a beautiful tragedy.

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

The expectation of the wicked come to naught…

Don’t think you won’t be caught!

Up In Smoke (2019) by Raymond Mowla
Engineered by: Adam Pondang
Music provided by: Rujay.
Instrumental by: MickeyMontz
Background Singing Melody by: Tonisha Dumaresq