Posted by: William | February 23, 2008

You & You Alone

About a week ago I read on Challies.com that Sovereign Grace Ministries was looking for a handful of bloggers to give their new CD a listen. So I sent the gentleman from Sovereign Grace an email and told him that I’d be willing to listen and probably write a spot about it. A few days back the CD arrived in the mail and since then I’ve been working through it and thinking and worshipping with it. Here’s my thoughts.

On a purely musical level, this CD can’t stand up against the “big dogs” in the Christian music industry. You won’t be hearing any of these things on your daily inspiration radio station. Odds are you won’t be seeing posters in your churches sporting the Sovereign Grace Music team coming to town. The vocals are sufficient, but clearly not professional. The instrumentals are adequate but won’t knock anyone’s socks off (I guess that’s a good thing; especially if it’s cold outside). But here’s the good news, I’m pretty sure that’s not the point.

This album is expressly for the purpose of aiding people in worship. So, no it’s probably not going to stand up to the scrutinizing ears of American Christian Culture. However, as anyone who has really engaged in worship through music knows, it’s not about the music itself. It’s clear that there was great care taken in crafting the words to the songs on this album. Theologically, they’re sound. Spiritually, they’re profound.

The vocals at times almost seem to mirror the heart of ancient hymns. Many songs are purely written in praise and adoration of Christ. When the individual is introduced in some way in the song, the focus remains reverently on God. In an atmosphere of man-centered worship songs, these lyrics are a breath of fresh air.

You Are Good stands out as a holistic gem, skillfully covering the lyrics, vocals and instrumentals. We used this song in a worship gathering recently. Although no one knew the song by heart, it seemed to be accepted well. Another that stands out well is Lord You Are Gracious, sung by a female vocalist, it beckons many profound thoughts.

I would recommend this album to anyone who would like to introduce some new tools for personal and corporate worship in song; it’s not a toy, it’s a tool. I would especially recommend this album to worship leaders to learn and tweak and to lead their congregations with.

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Responses

  1. it’s not about the music itself.

    So true.

    It’s clear that there was great care taken in crafting the words…

    Sounds like I should read the poems, er ah lyrics. 😉


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