Sovereign Grace Music - Prepare Him Room [Review]
Prepare Him Room, a mixture of traditional Christmas songs and original material celebrating the birth of Jesus in song, is the latest project to come from the talented team at Sovereign Grace Music. While this album could be enjoyed as background music, it’s also worthy of more intent listening or use in corporate worship as the songs are full of good theology, the lyrics are carefully crafted, and the various vocalists featured are talented and pleasing to the ears.
Sovereign Grace Music (SGM) is a ministry born over three decades ago out of the desire to provide new songs for the body of Christ. Among its many songwriters is Bob Kauflin, a name familiar for many worship teams and leaders from his book on worship, Worship Matters, which has become a staple for many who take on the role of leading others into worship of God through song. (If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do so.)
SGM successfully gives some classics like “Joy to The World” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” a modern spin, changing up time signatures and tweaking melodies or lyrics to freshen up the familiar a bit. Others like “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (one of my favorite Christmas songs), are mostly just new arrangements of the songs we’re all used to with contemporary instrumentation.
Prepare Him Room really sets itself apart in the songs penned by Sovereign Grace artists. The song “Who Would Have Dreamed,” by Bob Kauflin and Jason Hansen, has to be one of my favorite songs in the collection. The lyrics paint a picture of awaiting a promised Savior and what it was like to finally have Him come, but in the form of a baby. The chorus says it poetically, “Who would have dreamed or ever foreseen that we could hold God in our hands?” It’s one line of many in this album I wish I’d written. It also helps to have the beautifully smooth voice of McKenzie Kauflin presenting the lyric at first so sweetly then building so triumphantly into, “Revealing God’s glorious plan to save the world!”
Another notable original is “The Unbelievable,” written by two veteran SGM writers, Steve and Vikki Cook. The song is tag-teamed by the vocal talents of Devon Kauflin and Meghan Baird. The song explores the concept that however “inconceivable” and “unbelievable” it is that God would become one of us, that is exactly what the New Testament reveals to us has happened. As each verse ends with, “God has come to dwell with us,” they invoke the meaning of one of Jesus’ names, Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
Overall, Prepare Him Room is an album worth adding to any Christmas music collection. Amongst the 14 tracks there aren’t any songs about snowmen or caribou with severely inflamed nostrils, but if you’re like me, that’s a good thing. The album can be picked up pretty much anywhere that digital music can be purchased or in physical CD format if so desired.
Happy listening and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
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