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Joanna May “Here's My Cup” – CD Review & Free Song

By Mathew Reames on March 01, 2011

Joanna May recently released her First worship album, Here’s My Cup. I have been listening to Joanna for several years at the International House of Prayer, where she is a worship Leader. She is also a longtime friend of All About Worship. I was excited to hear this album long before she even started recording it.

This is not a typical album for the congregation, but rather a more intimate personal worship album. It is the kind of album that you listen to during your personal time with God; it's truly devotional worship. There are 6 tracks totaling just over 47 minutes. Each song is a unique journey into the relationship between God and Man.

The peace of God that surpasses all understanding is a definitive mark of this album. Between the soft guitar work of Isaac Meyer, The subtle violin of Susanna Erwin, and the passion and talent of Joanna herself, she manages to produce something that every worship leader needs; Presence, Peace and Rest.

A lot of worship albums are written for the congregation to come together, but Here’s My Cup is really deep and personal. It allows the listener to relax into the very presence of God. While listening to this album, there were moments wherein I physically felt God come into the room and surround me like a warm blanket.

The first track on the album is one I have heard Joanna play at IHOP-KC many times, “What Do You Think About Me.” This is one of my favourite songs, because it focuses on the father’s heart towards his children. We often care more about what our friends think of us than we care about God’s thoughts. This song is a cry from the broken hearted asking God to show us his heart, and reveal his thoughts and plans to us according to Jeremiah 29:11.

The third track “Ocean” is another one that really hit me in the heart. In this song, Joanna references the Love of God as a never-ending ocean. I love the opening line of the song, “This is what you died for, that I may be yours.” When I heard that, it was as though God himself was speaking this to me. That he died so I could be his; The thought is overwhelming. Joanna does a great job with this idea, encapsulating so much of God into this song.

The title track, “Here’s My Cup” , is also the longest. This track features some stellar guitar work from Isaac Meyer (also from IHOP-KC). This song is a song of personal surrender. It describes the pursuit between God and man. How God breaks through with his love and can change everything. She delves into the presence in this song with reckless abandon and it is noticeable.

This album is one that has been on repeat for me all week. I even left it playing while I was sleeping, and that peace of God that was present on the album came into my room. I slept better than I have in months.

Free Song:

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Here's My Cup - Devotional Worship - Joanna May

-Review by Mathew Reames

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.