by Heather Bock
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When I heard I could have the opportunity to review Chris Tomlin’s new cd, I couldn’t type the response quickly enough to make sure I was put on the list. Yes, yes, yes! I want in on this one! I thought. I already own at least four of his cds, and they are all regularly rotated into my car cd case. I anxiously awaited the new cd’s arrival in my mailbox, and although I only received it late Wednesday night, I’ve listened to it enough to find myself naturally singing along with the uplifting words.
The cd didn’t disappoint: its songs are in the same style that Chris Tomlin has become well known for singing, for good reason found in many churches on Sunday mornings. The songs are quickly familiar, simple, and easy for a group to worship with together. In fact, as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to the songs alone and singing along with them, worshiping God on my own, the concept behind this cd is to come out of our individual houses, step out of our cars, pull off our ear buds, and join together in worship. He calls us to give forth a “holy roar” of worship to God together, in community. Tomlin hopes congregants will experience the wonder and freedom of worshiping our worthy, great, loving God.
So far, my favorite songs to sing along with have been “Holy Roar,” “Nobody Loves Me Like You,” “Resurrection Power,” and “How Sweet It Is.” They’re easy to learn and roll off the tongue easily, making it easy to worship. I also love the sound of “I Stand In Awe” with Nicole Serrano. Her soulful vocals are beautifully resonant. I especially like the words of “Is He Worthy?” as it is different from most worship songs. Instead of simply stating that God is worthy, it asks questions about God, whether He is worthy. Background singers answer every question in the affirmative. Yes, the world is broken. Yes, the shadows are deepened. Yes, creation is groaning. But yes, God is worthy. And yes, it is good for us to remind ourselves of that.
As I was listening, I liked all the songs, but I wasn’t paying careful attention at first, and none particularly stood out to me. I actually asked God if He’d point one out for me that would especially relate to me. Then today I noticed “Forever Young.” You see, I’m turning 40 on Wednesday, and it’s been a bit hard for me. I was questioning why God had chosen for me to wait for some of my life goals and dreams, and this morning, I brought it before God, surrendering it all again. This song was like an answer to my words to Him this morning. In the chorus, Tomlin sings, “Jesus, You rain rivers in my soul; in Your presence I’m forever young.” I’m not getting any younger, but with my Eternal Father, age doesn’t matter, and His timing is perfect.
Whether I understand God’s plan or not, this cd will help me worship Him through it all, which is an excellent way to consciously put my trust in Him. I hope others will join me in the worship, lifting up a holy roar to our God!
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Meet Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world who has amassed an impressive body of work. He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles. Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, others include Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks.
The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.
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