Third Day was one of the first bands I started listening to when I felt I needed to listen to only Christian music. Powell's unique sound, that trademark grit, can be heard in "Blessed Assurance." I appreciate the original lyrics even as they put their spin on them.
"All of Creation" is one of those songs that takes me to the throne in worship despite it being so new (and already having a MercyMe song on this day). I also recall our family going to the baseball game & concert with Jace when he was really young and we wouldn't leave until they played this song. I'm pretty sure that's why they played it, too, because it was way past his bedtime.
Starfield's version of "Hosanna" is the song that introduced me to this Canadian band. This song is more of a "new favorite" than an old hymn, but (for me) it's got the feel of a hymn with the youthful vibe that makes me rock out. The song joins reverence & power.
I first heard Lauren Daigle's song "Power To Redeem" in a church worship service in Iowa and had to Google it. I think I bought the song on the spot. This song has the feel of a worshipful reverence for the King who gave up a seat on the throne to humble Himself and die in our place. He alone has the only power to redeem, and in His mercy He offers that freely to all who would come.
"Even If," by MercyMe, is a song that came out around the time my accident had me and my family in a bit of a free-fall emotionally. So many things were up in the air, so the honesty of these lyrics praise God even in difficulty and hit us right in the feels. They still do.
Starfield's Tim Neufeld (with the smooth vocals of Audrey Assad) bring us "Cornerstone." The mix of old & new, hymn & modern worship, "Cornerstone" fuses the generations of Christ-Followers together. Though I like "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less," I also enjoy this song. There have been many current bands seeking to revamp classical hymns, and it's well-appreciated... and time.
I've been thankful for this time to focus on some powerful worship music, that in turn informs my worship each day. This is the last day of A Week of Worship and I can say it's awoken in me the desire to be more purposeful in my worship. I have worshipped each morning while I run, and hope to continue this. I also chose to include six songs this morning, so I hope you don't mind, but rather enjoy more worship to feed your soul today. Let's get to the music!
I write to remember the lessons I learn as a Man, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Pastor, and Friend. As I come to grips with the blackness within me, I am more appreciative of God's grace-filled grip. We all change in the seasons of life. This is my deep well...