A group of our Summit worship leaders recently released an album of original music entitled ”Jesus in My Place.” Here is what I love about this CD:
1. Gospel-centrality: The gospel is the center of this project, the center of literally every song in this project. What leads us to worship is the glory of the Lord revealed in the gospel. What makes passionate worshippers is realizing how much we’ve been forgiven of. This CD took me back over and over again to the gospel and left me in awe of God’s grace. I find myself singing these songs over and over in my head, primarily because they have cultivated in me a spirit of worship.
2. Musical excellence: The songs on this CD are sing-able. That’s probably because they were birthed out of congregational worship. These songs were not written in the spirit of an artist trying to find himself or trying to express deep inner groanings of his heart. They were written to lead a people in worshiping joyfully and exuberantly.
3. Theology-rich: The lyrics are not mundane reflections that merely repeat cliché Christian phrases. Sometimes I get nauseous listening to Christian radio and how it’s the same handful of phrases that are just repeated in new forms over and over again. I guess there is something to be said for the simplicity of the gospel but, that said, I love to hear someone explore and apply the gospel in new areas.
4. A mixture of new and old: This CD contains a lot of brand new lyrics and a lot of new musical sound interwoven with old lyrics and old sound. The rendition of “Revive Us Again” is a great example. That’s an upbeat version of an old revival hymn. Another is “Gospel Song/Worthy is the Lamb.” While the words of that song are not an old hymn, they’re also from a different musical genre but they’ve been updated with an explosive sound.
These are some of the many things that I love about this CD. It plays in my car and in my house and on my iPod frequently. I commend it to you with the hopes that it will enrich your walk with Jesus the way that it has mine.