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Kim Walker-Smith, Still Believe - Review

Kim Walker-Smith, Still Believe - Review

By Ed Rotheram on January 14, 2013

“I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him”
Psalm 42:2 (NLT)

One of the great privileges we have as worshippers is to meet one-on-one with a living, breathing God. Some of us need a little help along the way in corporate worship times and, if that’s you, I implore you to buy this new album from Kim Walker-Smith and be led by her in worship.

Right from the outset, Still Believe is an album that will lift you out of where you are at and into His presence - “Alive” [the opening track] speaks of a God who breathes new life into us, calls us His own, and makes His home in us. As Kim sings towards the end of the song, “It may get loud, the grave is empty now, It may get wild, His love is no other”. This sets the scene perfectly for this album.

There are few better examples of sacrifice in worship than when Jesus has his feet washed in perfume and tears in Luke 7. “Waste it All” (written by Chris McClarney/Laura Rhinehart/Christa Black) is a great depiction of this passage, and of our recognition that nothing is too precious that we can’t give it to Him, no matter the cost. This version has a different feel to the arrangement than on Chris’s Defender album, with a driving rhythm that gives the song a real energy. The album was recorded live at Redding, CA’s Cascade Theatre, and this “live” sound comes across really well on this track - there’s an ambience and a resonance to the sound as a whole - dynamics, EQ and arrangement are exemplary here.

Tracks 3 and 4 on the album take us into very familiar territory with Kim - “The King is Here” brings us into a more ambient, mellow feel with a song that both declares the presence of the Holy Spirit and draws us into that intimate worship environment we now associate with Kim’s worship sets. Pushing it a stage further, “Yield my Heart” invites us to sacrifice our hearts to Him and His glory, and with a feel that is really conducive to spontaneous worship, that’s exactly what you get for the latter part of the song. For me, this is where Kim’s strength lies - singing her heart out to the Lord in spontaneous songs and inviting others to do the same.

The Jesus Culture movement has always been about more than the music. Bringing heaven to earth with healing, restoration and Kingdom power is a key attribute of their mission, and in the title track of this album, we find Kim expressing many of those values and declarations. Almost a sung prayer, this song proclaims healing for a great number of conditions, and declares that they have no place in the Kingdom of God. This declaration is backed up strongly by the chorus:

“And I still believe, You’re the same yesterday, today and forever. And I still believe Your blood is sufficient for me”.

Amen. I pray this album blesses you.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is part of a third-party affiliate program.

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