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Aaron Shust - Morning Rises [Review]

Aaron Shust - Morning Rises [Review]

By Chris Olson on July 15, 2013

As a former GMA Songwriter of the Year and New Artist Dove Award winner, Aaron Shust is back at it. Produced by Ed Cash, Morning Rises is a collection of songs of special significance to Aaron. In the midst of a few challenging years as a father, Aaron says, “It’s therapeutic to my soul to sing these words when life is tumultuous . . . There is a balance in saying ‘Hey praise God because he heals and praise him even when he doesn’t.’ That’s what this album hopefully covers. Morning Rises, to me, represents hope. Morning Rises represents promise.”

There are wide range of songs on this album, and one worth highlighting is “Satisfy.” This song has a great vibe from the outset, with a strong, grabbing melody. With lyrics like “when the battle weakens me, You will be my victory” we are reminded that God alone is our strength and satisfaction.

Another standout song on this album is “No One Higher”. This song is built around the greatness and awesomeness of God. “No One Higher” has an anthem feel as Aaron sings out, “There is no One higher, no One greater, no One like our God. There is none more able, Christ our Savior, Great and Glorious.” Be prepared to shout the lyrics out as you revel in the power and majesty of our Creator.

“Rushing Waters” is a song that Aaron refers to as a “Throne Room song.” A definite standout on the album, this song takes us to a place of worship in the midst of God’s throne and the company of angels. The passionate chorus speaks to the power of the worship we lift up, and is followed by the anthem-like refrain of “Our God reigns!” I dare you to listen to this song and not find yourself fist pumping in praise!

The final song is more relaxed and casual in feel than any of the other songs on the album. “Deliver Me” is an acoustic driven song that provides an intimate worship experience as if you were hanging out together drinking coffee. “Deliver Me” is focused around trusting God and knowing He will, as the title says, deliver you. No matter the situation or circumstance, you can join in and sing, “all Your promises are true, it doesn’t matter what I see, it doesn’t matter what I see, deliver me.

While some may not consider this album a “worship” album in its entirety, many of the lyrics are based around a sense of worship towards God. Aaron has created an album that invokes a sense of awe and wonder, causing us to step back and focus in on the majesty of our Father. Whether you are experiencing great joy, or great tragedy, this album will help you see that God is the positive constant through it all. Morning Rises is certainly an album you should consider adding to your playlist.

Tell us, have there been times in your life where worship music helped you through some difficult circumstances?

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. 

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Chris Olson

Chris Olson

Chris has been involved in worship ministry in some way for over 20 years, ranging from worship team guitarist/bassist/drummer to staff worship pastor. Chris presently serves as one of the worship leaders at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS, and is also a songwriter with a passion to write songs for the local church.  Chris married WAY up when his wife Rachel said “I do,” and they have two awesomely awesome kids, Aedan and Caitlin.