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Paul Wilbur, Your Great Name - Review

Paul Wilbur, Your Great Name - Review

By Mathew Reames on February 19, 2013

Paul Wilbur is a name that many in the world of worship may not know, because His music and ministry is to a specific section of the global Church Body. Paul is a messianic Jew, and his music and ministry is geared towards that community. However, he has been a mainstay in the messianic community for 20 years, and is releasing his newest project Your Great Name.

The album begins with an excellent cover of the Christ For the Nations Song “Song of Ezekiel”.He gives the song a beautiful Middle Eastern feel whilst also maintaining the power and message of the song, which is a call for the Church to arise and, as the song says numerous times, “live again”.

Another track that stands out is “Song of A Beautiful Bride”. This song is a bit mellow, but it focuses on the unique relationship of the church and Christ in the terms of The Bride and Bridegroom imagery. It is a song of redemption and love which calls people to come join the song of the beautiful Bride.

“We Will Run/ Ani Ma'amin” is another great track. It is up-tempo and has a distinct Jewish tone to it. It begins in English but then breaks into a fast paced Hebrew praise tune.

The best tracks on the album for me are “Mighty and Glorious” and “Nobody Like You”.  “Mighty and Glorious” is a driving worship tune which focuses on God’s Holy, Mighty and Glorious nature. The song is easy to follow and would fit well in a worship service. It has a good minor feel that makes it more of an epic track instead of a jumping track, and this transitions into “Nobody Like You”. This song continues the epic feel while moving from a stand tall and praise feel into a fall on your face feel. The piano and the violin just pull hard on the heart.

This CD is a solid addition to Wilbur’s impressive resume, and is very enjoyable. Due to the very Messianic nature of the songs, it will probably not be one most churches are quick to embrace even though the songs are deep and powerful. However, the cover songs on the album, such as “Your Great Name”, “The Great I AM”, and “Song of Ezekiel”, will present a new arrangement that might add freshness to songs that are well loved but perhaps feeling stale.

As a messianic believer I love this album and it keeps growing on me with each time through the songs. There is such a power and authority when Wilbur sings that just tears into my spirit and leaves me bare before an awesome God. I would give this album a solid 4 stars and encourage you to check it out for an insight into the worship of the messianic community.

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

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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.