Praise His Name

by Walter Heath

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released March 1, 2009

Produced and arranged by: Jamey Heath for OPOPP Productions, except on ‘'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi’ (Louie Shelton and Joseph Bogan).

Executive Producers: Barbara and Walter Heath

Background vocal arrangements by Walter Heath and Jamey Heath, except on ‘'Abdu'l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi’.

Cover photography: Luis Lizarraga
Artwork and design: Gloria Abrar

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Walter Heath Simi Valley, California

A singer- songwriter, born the son of a preacher, his childhood was filled with church-going and singing.
Now, Walter uses music as a way to promote the unity of all people as the basis for his service to mankind. His music reflects his drive to use music for the soul to become attracted to God.
He is planning to record another devotional CD with his son, Jamey Heath, as producer.
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Track Name: Praise His Name
Praise His Name, Wondrous Name, Greatest Name, Ya Baha'u'l-Abha

The Promised One has come, His name is Bahá'u'lláh
As Christ came in the station of the Son, Bahá'u'lláh comes as the Glory of God

Justice is His gift to us, He brought us Divine Unity
He told us about the Oneness of Mankind, and that all Religions agree

Praise His Name, Wondrous Name, Greatest Name, Ya Baha'u'l-Abha

Bahá'u'lláh, is His name, The Glory of God, is His fame
The Promised One of all ages has come
He has come, The Promised One

Praise His Name, Wondrous Name, Greatest Name
Track Name: Love
O SON OF BEING! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant. (Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Love gave me hope when I was down, picked me up and turned me around
Gave me strength to carry on, face my battles head on
That’s what love did for me, it saved me from misery
Love opened my eyes and I’m so thankful

Love like a rose that blooms in spring, Picks me up and makes me sing
And I’ll give thanks all my days, serve mankind and give God the praise
That’s what love did for me, it saved me from misery
Love opened my eyes and I’m so thankful

Like the rays of the Sun, God’s love shines on everyone
We just need to come out of the dark, Pray to God and open our hearts

O SON OF BEING! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant. (Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Track Name: He Who Is Your Lord
He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body. Haste ye to win your share of God's good grace and mercy in this Day that eclipseth all other created Days. How great the felicity that awaiteth the man that forsaketh all he hath in a desire to obtain the things of God! Such a man, We testify, is among God's blessed ones. (Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 213)

In the Beauty of the garden, many colors there to see,
Black and white and brown and red and yellow roses, a picture of humanity (WH)
Track Name: Year of Sunday
We all live in the Year of Sunday, so many things are in store for us.
Oh what a gift to be born in Sunday's beautiful light way down here in the dusk.
People, return to the tree of oneness, oh won't you hurry the Presence is there.
Down on our knees in the darkness of Sunday, we'll find the answers to all of our prayers.
And then everyday will be Sunday, for you and me. How I pray! How I pray!
God made a pact with Abraham, never leave a man alone.
So Abraham gathered his family, and brought his people home.
Along came Moses, gave the world a push, climbed upon a mountain high.
He got the Ten Commandments from a burning bush and put together his first tribe.
Then came Jesus to Jerusalem, ridin' on His shoulder a dove.
The dove upon his shoulder said he was the One, the One to teach us how to love!
Mohammed stayed out in the desert sun, stayed out there just as long as he could.
The Maker gave him water from the River of Life, and then he gave us nationhood.
And then time passed, soon the dark clouds, came and covered up Mohammed's sun.
But the young Ba¡b, down in Persia land, came to tell us of the Promised One.

Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity, with holy and sweet melodies, proclaiming to the sincere ones the glad tidings of the nearness of God (Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 206)

Bahá’u’lláh! Bahá’u’lláh! Bahá’u’lláh! Bahá’u’lláh!

We all live in the Year of Sunday, so many things are in store for us.
Oh what a gift to be born in Sunday's beautiful light way down here in the dusk.
We all live in the Year of Sunday, so many things are in store for us.
Oh what a gift to be born in Sunday's beautiful light way down here in the dusk. . ..
Track Name: Broken Winged Bird
O God! O God! This is a broken-winged bird and his flight is very slow - assist him so that he may fly toward the apex of prosperity and salvation, wing his way with the utmost joy and happiness throughout the illimitable space, raise his melody in Thy Supreme Name in all the regions, exhilarate the ears with this call, and brighten the eyes by beholding the signs of guidance.

O Lord! I am single, alone and lowly. For me there is no support save Thee, no helper except Thee and no sustainer beside Thee. Confirm me in Thy service, assist me with the cohorts of Thy angels, make me victorious in the promotion of 188 Thy Word and suffer me to speak out Thy wisdom amongst Thy creatures. Verily, Thou art the helper of the weak and the defender of the little ones, and verily Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty and the Unconstrained. - 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 187)
Track Name: Abdul'l-Baha
From the time He was a little boy
There was always an inner joy
A joy that was born from the love of God
The first to recognize Bahá'u'lláh
'Abdu'l-Bahá, 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Taunted and teased
And chased all through the streets
They said He’d lost His faith in the one true God
Because His Father believed in the Bab

'Abdu'l-Bahá, 'Abdu'l-Bahá
'Abdu'l-Bahá, 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Pelted with stones, His family chased out of their homes
His Father locked in chains, yet He withstood all the pain
Banished in disgrace, His family sent from place to place
For 77 long years He gave His life and His love
For all Mankind

Repeat 1st verse and 2nd chorus
Track Name: Refresh And Gladden My Spirit
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
Track Name: God Sufficeth
Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent. - The Bab (Bahá’í Prayers)
Track Name: Not Everything
Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.
Track Name: Shoghi Effendi
Shoghi Effendi, Shoghi Effendi

Behold! he is the blest and sacred bough that hath branched out from the Twin Holy Trees. Well is it with him that seeketh the shelter of his shade that shadoweth all mankind. (Abdu'l-Baha, Bahá’í World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 439)

Oh how I love him, he’s the Guardian of the Cause
He is the priceless pearl that sparkles in my life
He is the fire that keeps me warm, he is a shelter in the time of storm

Shoghi Effendi, Shoghi Effendi
Track Name: Steadfast In His Love
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down
Sometimes I smile, sometimes I wear a frown
Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong
Sometimes I’m weak, sometimes I’m strong

It really doesn’t matter how I’m feeling
Cause I know my purpose in life
And that’s to know and love God, and be a service to mankind
Recognize His Messenger, and be steadfast in His love

Sometimes I work, sometimes I play
Sometimes I worry, sometimes I pray
Then I take my burdens, to the Lord and leave them there
Doesn’t matter where I am, cause God is everywhere

It really doesn’t matter where I’m going
Cause I know my purpose in life
And that’s to know and love God, and be a service to mankind
Recognize His Messenger, and be steadfast in His love

I can use the energy, born from my tests and difficulties
That I have in my life each day
And direct it towards a higher goal
That benefits my body and my soul
Then I can share my joy with all mankind

It really doesn’t matter how I’m feeling
Cause I know my purpose in life
And that’s to know and love God, and be a service to mankind
Recognize His Messenger, and be steadfast in His love
Track Name: Thy Name Is My Healing
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
Bahá'u'lláh(Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 85)
Track Name: Prayer For The Departed
O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions!
Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.
O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.
- 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 44)
Track Name: Preacher Man
Sunday morning got to get up, get ready, shine my shoes for myself and for my Daddy
Press my pants eat a big bowl cornflakes, and nobody else could make the pancakes my Mama made, Everything according to plan, cause my Daddy was a preacher man

At the storefront with the whole congregation, Daddy preachin’ the book of Revelation
Me and mama we would sing in the choir, when church was all done you know your soul had traveled higher, Everything according to plan, cause my Daddy was a preacher man

When daddy spoke to the people, everybody answered amen
He talked about his young days in the red hills of Geogia
And how he was saved back then

Home for dinner and the brothers come visit, TV baseball you know we never missed it
Plenty chicken and a pitcher of Kool-Aid, and nobody else could make the cornbread my mama made, Everything according to plan, cause my Daddy was a preacher man

You oughta see Daddy struttin’ in the pulpit, lettin’ the music get in his bones
He jumped and said Oh Lord save my soul, help me get my work done

And then my Daddy looked out to the people, he said I lift my hands unto the hills from whence cometh my help, and he said if I withdraw myself from thee, Oh tell me where can I go

Everything according to plan, cause my Daddy was a preacher man
Track Name: Unite The Hearts
O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord. - Bahá'u'lláh
(Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 203)