Bethel Music - We Will Not Be Shaken [Review]
It’s amazing to see how Bethel’s worship ministry (Bethel Music) has grown from a local church ministry to its current global reach through its music releases and on-site and online worship training schools. They have been producing anointed, quality worship music for several years now, and the forthcoming We Will Not Be Shaken CD/DVD release continues that legacy.
We Will Not Be Shaken was recorded live in an intimate setting, with a small gathering of worshipers joining the Bethel Music band on a mountaintop overlooking breathtaking scenes of the surrounding mountains and Shasta Lake, near Redding, CA (home base for Bethel Church, and Bethel’s worship ministry).
It is this setting that provides the back drop for the DVD presentation of the worship gathering, which is beautifully captured using multiple camera angles, and a drone aircraft’s camera to provide flyover shots of the surrounding scenery. Simply put, it is one of the best presentations of a live worship recording I’ve ever seen.
This latest offering from Bethel Music features 11 tracks with familiar worship leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson, Hunter Thompson, Amanda Cook, and Matt Stinton. The album also introduces debut artists, Kalley Heilingenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Jonathan David Helser, and Melissa Helser.
The album has a laid back feel, consisting of slower tempo songs. In fact, I don’t believe any of these songs break 95-100 beats per minute. Instrumentally, it is primarily driven by acoustic guitar and keys. Accompanying these main instruments is a string section consisting of two violins and a cello, drums, additional percussion, bass and electric guitar. This instrumentation provides textural layers that come together nicely in arrangements that produce a sonically pleasing listening experience.
I’ve listened to this album at least a dozen times now, and I have had a difficult time settling on specific tracks to highlight in this review. They’re all so good! I must, however, do just that, so here are four tracks that I feel standout on this record.
“We Will Not Be Shaken” is as song that was birthed out of a spontaneous moment of worship in a Sunday morning service at Bethel Church. It conveys what it means to not be shaken in the midst of turbulent times. The second verse says, “The battle rages / We will stand in the fight / Though the armies rise up against us on all sides / We will not be shaken.” The bridge contains a great affirmation that, “All those against Him will fall / For our God is stronger / He can do all things.” This would be a great song to get in your rotation, especially for those in your church who are going through some difficult circumstances.
“Ever Be” conveys the faithfulness of God as our shelter, Father to the orphan, and our covenant-keeping God whose love for us never fails. The chorus of the song contains the worshiper’s response to these truths that His praise will “ever be on my [our] lips.” The bridge pushes this response even further with the incredible declaration, “You will be praised / You will be praised / With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord.”
“No Longer Slaves” - I absolutely love this song. It is a well-written song of freedom that contains reminders that God has delivered us, rescued us, and that He has set us free! And because He has done this, we no longer need to be slaves to fear, and we can confidently stand in the truth that we are children of God. The chorus makes the powerful declaration that, “I’m no longer a slave to fear / I am a child of God,” and the bridge also powerfully proclaims that, “My fears were drowned in perfect love / You rescued me so I could stand and sing / I am child of God.”
“Seas of Crimson,” as you can probably surmise from the title, is a song about the power of Christ’s blood shed on the cross to cover and redeem us from our sins. This is a cross and resurrection song that would be a perfect fit for the Lent and Easter season, but it doesn’t need to be limited to just that time of the year. The verses do an excellent job of setting up the chorus, which should get your congregation singing and proclaiming it’s words - “Hallelujah, death is beaten / Christ is risen from the grave / Hallelujah, now and forever / All to You the highest praise.”
We Will Not Be Shaken is an excellent album. It is clear that these songs are designed to encourage reflection and proclamation in order to inspire deep moments of worship. I believe this album does just that. This is a collection of songs by a church for the Church, and they are all fit for congregational use. The album is slated for release on January 27, 2015. I highly recommend it for both personal devotional times, as well as for congregational use.
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