Selah

by David Åhlén

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JESUSELECTRICITY

David Åhlén announces his new album Selah

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

In the video for David Åhlén’s single “We Sprout in Thy Soil” (released 2009 by Compunctio) it’s the 70s, and a people moves through the city. They have sideburns and megaphones. The sun streams and they clasp each other’s shoulders. “Jesus Is Lord,” the banners say, “Hallelujah,” Jesus Is Our Hope.” They are the Jesus people, walking toward Kungsträdgården, Stockholm. And above these flickering images hovers David’s voice. Now sheer as the thinnest light; now deep as a well. He has a voice that invokes immediate attention and “not a single second feels redundant,” PM Jönsson wrote in reference to the full-length album in the magazine Sonic and placed it on his best-of-year list. Many voices agreed, both in the Swedish and foreign press.

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me

Four years later, David Åhlén releases a new album, Selah, on his own label, Mishkan. This past winter, the Åhlén family moved to Stenkumla parsonage on Gotland, where the album was recorded. If you listen carefully, you can hear the children and the ocean winds yanking at the old windows. But mostly, you can hear David’s unique voice and finger-picked guitar. At times sprinkled with music from Andreas Eklöf’s zither or American Timbre’s harp. Percussionist Peter Stolpestad plays minimally, charging every beat with presence. Several voices sing in the background and a few piano notes chime from Andreaz Hedén and Alma Hedlund Emilsson. Then they all take a backseat and it’s back to the Voice and the Guitar. The Voice—so fragile in falsetto, yet large enough to fill cathedrals.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

It’s been forty years since the sideburns and megaphones, but the same people still moves. David Åhlén is one of them. And the prayers which are his songs are still the same as then: About seeing heaven break forth. About lighting up this world with a different kind of light—Jesuselectricity.

/Nils Lundkvist, poet och editor for the Swedish culture magazine Cre

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released September 8, 2013

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Track Name: Linger
Let me linger

here in Your presence

Linger

I’ve seen Your glory

Linger, Holy Spirit



I can feel You

Your hand when You heal me

Feel You

Your cheek when You hold me

I feel you, holy Spirit



Let me linger

Here in Your presence

Linger

I’ve seen the eyes of Jesus

and I found rest



I can feel You

Your hand when You heal me

Feel You

Your cheek when You hold me

I feel you, holy Spirit
Track Name: New Jerusalem
There’s a wind blowing
it’s a new day
There’s a fire in our hearts
it’s a new way

Save the oil
in this late hour
Hold me close in Your arms
In Your arms Father

There’s a wind blowing
it’s a new day
I see glory coming
New Jerusalem
Track Name: Jesuselectricity
How I love the way

You fill me

with heat

and Jesuselectricity



How I love the way you 
fill me

With joy

right into 

my darkest hour



How I love the way

You shine

Christlight

through my body



How You sing out
 Your song

Your lullaby



How I love the way

You breathe

Your peace

upon us


When we sit there on 
the couch

and gaze 
into light



How I love the way

You fill

my tongue

with the language

of unknown words


Revealing Your secrets

to me

through me

to us
Track Name: On the verge
On the verge
hear the sound of His wings
shut your eyes

If you try
your might fly
hold your hands up high

God is love
God is here
God is everywhere

If you try
you might fly
give yourself
to the wind now
Track Name: Draw us near
Draw us near
draw us deep into Your
healing love

Let us dwell within Your
holy love
Jesus draw us near

Bring us rest
Lay our heads upon
Your shoulder Lord
Let us rest
and let us dwell there Lord
Jesus bring us rest

Lord of light
and Lord of hope
draw us deep into Your
healing love

Let us dwell within Your
holy love
Jesus draw us near

Bring us rest
Lay our heads upon
Your shoulder Lord
Let us rest
and let us dwell there Lord
Jesus bring us rest
Track Name: Ps 27
Just one
thing have
I asked
of ADONAI
Only this
I will seek
To live
in the
house of
ADONAI
all the days
of my life

To see
the beauty
the beauty
of ADONAI

He will hide
me in
the folds
of His tent
he will set
me high
on a rock

Then my
head will
be lifted up
above
my surrounding foes

I will sing
I will sing
sing praises to ADONAI

Listen
ADONAI
to my voice
when I cry
show favor to me
answer me

“My heart said of you,
‘Seek my face’”
Your face ADONAI
I will seek
I will seek

I will sing
I will sing
sing praises to ADONAI
Track Name: Rivers
Surrounded by Your love
Rivers, rivers

Your Spirit in my veins
Rivers, rivers

The gaze into the sun
Jesus, Jesus

No shadows in my eyes
Jesus, Jesus

I’m standing by the cross
Rivers, rivers

Covered by Your blood
Jesus, Jesus
Track Name: Be still
Be still

and know

Be still

you’ll know



He will be there

he will be right there



Believe
, believe

don’t you doubt

believe



He will be there

in light

He will shine through you



Be healed

be healed

receive

be healed



He will be there

he will be right there



He will be there

in light

He will shine through you
Track Name: Yeshua
YHWH
spoke out His word
We saw Him

felt His Sh’khina glory



Morning star

Root and offspring of David

All things came to be through Him



Yeshua
 Mashiach

Lamb of God

Purified us with His blood

purified us through fire



Light of this world

Lover of our soul, we’re waiting

the Spirit and the bride cries out:



Come Yeshua
 Mashiach
Yeshua 
Mashiach