The Glad Sound

by Zac Hicks

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The Glad Sound is a simultaneously aggressive and introspective pop/rock/indie modern worship project produced by Zac Hicks and the musicians of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. Each track is a setting of texts from the church’s past, written by men and women centuries ago. The Glad Sound provides new melodies and modern instrumentation to these ancient hymns. Every song on the album is written to be accessible for congregational singing, yet The Glad Sound remains inspiring as a whole for anyone who simply wants to enjoy a solid modern worship album.

The phrase “The Glad Sound” comes from the title track’s opening line:

Hark, the glad sound! the Savior comes,
The Savior promised long.
Let every heart prepare a throne
For Him to reign upon.


released September 15, 2009

Produced by Zac Hicks
Engineered by Gary Welker in Denver, CO.
Mixed and mastered by Josh Davis ( in Charlotte, NC.



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Canon for Liturgy & Worship, Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL)

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Track Name: Hark, the Glad Sound!
Hark, the glad sound! the Savior comes
The Savior promised long
Let every heart prepare a throne
For Him to reign upon

He comes, the prisoners to release
In Satan’s bondage held
The gates of hell before Him burst
The iron fetters yield

The Savior comes, the Savior comes!
The Savior promised long
O may our hearts prepare a throne
For Him to reign upon

He comes, from thickest films of vice
To clear the mental ray
And on the eyes oppressed with night
To pour celestial day

He comes, the broken heart to bind
The bleeding soul to cure
And with the treasures of His grace
To bless the humble poor

His silver trumpets publish loud
The jubilee of the Lord
Our debts are all remitted now
Our heritage restored

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace
Thy welcome shall proclaim
And heaven’s eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name
Track Name: Arise, My Soul, My Joyful Powers
Arise, my soul, my joyful powers
And triumph in my God
Awake, my voice, and loud proclaim
His glorious grace abroad

He raised me from the deeps of sin
The gates of gaping hell
And fixed my standing more secure
Than ’twas before I fell

Arise, my soul; awake, my voice
And tunes of pleasure sing
Loud hallelujahs shall address
My Savior and my King

The arms of everlasting love
Beneath my soul He placed
And on the rock of ages set
My slippery footsteps fast

The city of my blessed abode
Is walled around with grace
Salvation for a bulwark stands
To shield the sacred place

Loud hallelujahs! Loud hallelujahs!
Loud hallelujahs to our King!
Track Name: We Have Come (Come, We That Love the Lord)
We have come to give You praise
Almighty God, lift up our gaze
Lord, we long to see Your face
Won’t You come and fill this place?
Won’t You come and fill this place?

Come, we that love the Lord
And let our joys be known
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne
We now surround the throne

Our God, He rules on high
And thunders when He please
He rides upon the stormy sky
And manages the seas
He manages the seas

This awesome God is ours
Our Father and our love
He will send down His heavenly powers
To carry us above
He carries us above

So let our songs abound
And every tear be dry
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground
To fairer worlds on high
We long to be on high

We’re marching up to the gates of Zion
The city of God, where the Most High dwells
Where streams make glad our fainting spirits
We now surround the throne
And worship You alone

Hallelujah to the Father
Hallelujah to the Son
Hallelujah to the Spirit
’Round the throne we have come
Track Name: Bread of the World in Mercy Broken
Bread of the world, in mercy broken
Wine of the soul, in mercy shed
By Whom the words of life were spoken
And in Whose death our sins are dead

Look on the heart by sorrow broken
Look on the tears by sinners shed
And be Thy feast to us the token
That by Thy grace our souls are fed

Have mercy, have mercy
Have mercy on us

Here is mercy, here is mercy
Here is mercy for us

So let us come to the feast of Jesus
Let us eat of the Bread of Life
Let us drink of the wine, His blood
To talk and dine with Jesus Christ
Track Name: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
Lo! He comes with clouds descending
Once for favored sinners slain
Once for favored sinners slain
Thousand, thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train
Swell the triumph of His train
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty
Robed in dreadful majesty
Those who set at naught and sold Him
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing
Shall the true Messiah see

Now redemption, long expected
See in solemn pomp appear
See in solemn pomp appear
All His saints, by man rejected
Now shall meet Him in the air
Now shall meet Him in the air
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear! The day appear!
See the day of God appear!

Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come
Track Name: Psalm 76 (God is Known Among His People)
God is known among His people
Every mouth His praises fill
From of old He has established
His abode on Zion’s hill
There He broke the sword and arrow
Bade the noise of war be still

Excellent and glorious are You
With Your trophies from the fray
You have slain the mighty warriors
Wrapped in sleep of death are they
When your anger once is risen
Who can stand in that dread day?

Awesome is the revelation
God is known among us here!
Loudest songs of exultation
God is known among us here!

When from heaven Your sentence sounded
All the earth in fear was still
While to save the meek and lowly
God in judgment wrought His will
Even the wrath of man shall praise You
Your designs it shall fulfill

Vow and pay unto Jehovah
Him your God forever own
All men, bring your gifts before Him
Worship Him and Him alone
Mighty kings obey and fear Him
Princes bow before His throne!

Who is this King of Glory?
His name is Jesus! Jesus!
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
His name is Jesus! Jesus!
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Awesome is the revelation
God is known among us here!
Loudest songs of jubilation
God does now in flesh appear!
Track Name: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Christ the Lord is risen today
Sons of men and angels say:
“Raise your joys and triumphs high
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply”

Love’s redeeming work is done
Fought the fight, the battle won
Lo! the sun’s eclipse is o’er
Lo! He sets in blood no more

He is risen, He is risen indeed
He is risen, He is risen indeed
He is risen, He is risen indeed
“Christ is risen!” This is our creed

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal
Christ has burst the gates of hell
Death in vain forbids His rise
Christ has opened paradise

Lives again our glorious King
Where, O death, is now thy sting?
Once He died our souls to save
Where thy victory, O grave?


Soar we now where Christ hath led
Following our exalted Head
Made like Him, like Him we rise
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies
Track Name: All Ye Gentile Lands Awake
All ye gentile lands awake!
Thou, O Salem, rise and shine!
See the day-spring o’er you break
Heralding a morn divine
Telling, God hath called to mind
Those who long in darkness pined

Lo! the shadows flee away
For our light is come at length
Brighter than all earthly day
Source of being, life and strength!
Whoso on this light would gaze
Must forsake all evil ways

Arise, shine, for your light has come
And the glory of God rises now, upon you
Lift up your eyes and look to the Son
For the glory of God gathers all around you

Ah, how blindly did we stray
Ere shone forth this glorious sun
Seeking each our separate way
Leaving heaven, unsought, unwon
All our looks were earthward bent
All our strength on earth was spent

But the glory of the Lord
Rises upon us today
We have seen the light outpoured
That must surely drive away
All things that to night belong
All the sad earth’s woes and wrong

Everlasting light, shine graciously within
Come, take away our night
Come, shine away our sin
Track Name: There is Room
Lord, You left your throne and Your kingly crown
When You came to earth for me
But in Bethlehem’s home there was found no room
For Your holy nativity

Come to my heart, Lord Jesus
There is room in my heart for You

You designed my heart as a throne for You
Where Your will reigns over me
I confess that there, oft my idols reign
I am captive, make me free

Even while my heart fights against Your will
Even while I turn my face
You take pity on my helpless soul
Tender mercy, amazing grace!

We release our lives, we prepare You room
We surrender everything
We lift up our hearts in response to grace
Jesus Christ, come be our King
Track Name: Light After Darkness
Light after darkness, gain after loss
Strength after weakness, crown after cross
Sweet after bitter, hope after fears
Home after wandering, praise after tears

Weeping may remain for a night
But joy arrives in morning’s new light
I’ll praise the God of merciful plight
Still I will praise Him
Still I will praise Him
My God

Near after distant, gleam after gloom
Love after loneliness, life after tomb
After long agony, rapture of bliss
Right was the pathway leading to this

You give and You take away
In darkness still I will say
“A good God I serve this day”
Still I will praise You
Still I will praise You