Matt Redman - Your Grace Finds Me [Review]
Matt Redman is one of the most prolific worship writers of this generation. His songs are used by churches in many nations and many languages. His newest album, YourGrace Finds Me, is an amazing follow up to his grammy award winning 10,000 Reasons.
This live album begins hard and heavy with “Sing and Shout” which is a folk rock anthem that would fit in well with bands like Rend Collective Experiment. This song is purely about pouring praise from our hearts out to Jesus. The energy in this song is infectious. The bridge is especially catching, “What could be better than Your grace which leads us home and makes a way? What could be better than Your great love?”.
One of the songs on this album that is absolutely fantastic is the track “I Need You Now.” This is a powerful worship song that is a desperate cry for God. The main line in the song is, “If I ever needed You. I need You now!”. What a simple truth it is. I need Jesus. I need Him now. Sometimes you need to hear a song that is complex and rich in theology to remind you of all God’s nature. However, sometimes you just need a cry of desperation that reminds you how much you need Jesus. This song is exactly that. Desperation.
The Song “Wide as the Sky” is another simple tune that will fit well in your Sunday morning services. This particular song is about praising the Lord. “Let all other names fade away, until there’s Only You! Let all other names fade away, Jesus take Your place.” This simply repeated chorus points to the heart of worship. It’s all about Jesus taking the central place in our lives and in our worship. This is in no way a complicated song. It is a simple song of exaltation and a cry of abandoned praise.
“Let My People Go” stood out on this album because it is not so much a worship song as it is a powerful prayer and prophetic declaration. The main thrust is that in the midst of the brokenness and pain and injustice, our God is crying out “Let My People Go.” This is the one song that I doubt will be in regular rotation in churches, but will be good for evangelistic, missional, and justice based messages.
Matt Redman ends this fantastic album with a song aptly titled, “Benediction.” This song comes from the blessing that God commanded Aaron and the other priests to proclaim over the people of Israel. It is lifted right from the scripture with very little changes. It begins with the priestly blessing, then changes to a communal blessing. Moving from “Bless You” to “Bless Us”, then moves into a nice chorus that will be great for ending a service and sending the people out into the world with a blessing.
Redman has been writing amazing songs for years, and this album is a continuation of that rich legacy. The songs contained on this album will bless you and your congregation. The arrangements are rich without being overly complex. These songs will easily find a home on your Sunday setlists no matter what type of band you have playing. I wholeheartedly recommend this album.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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