I’m happy to announce that after reviewing 170 songs, we finally have another:
Worship albums are as common these days as a new mattress store (come to Louisville and you’ll know what I mean). I receive an email informing me of a new album almost once a week. That’s about 50 albums, each with at least 12 songs, which adds up to 600 new songs a year. And that’s just scratching the surface of the albums being recorded.
So why produce another one? First, because we think the church always needs more songs that deal with themes like confession, lament, and longing. Second, because there will never be enough songs to sufficiently proclaim the worthiness of the Savior who came to redeem rebels for his Father’s glory. He is that glorious.
What’s in a Name?
This album started in 2016 as a project on the Lord’s Prayer. But after reviewing the 80 or so songs we wrote on that theme, we didn’t think we had enough songs for an album.
We weren’t looking for good songs. We wanted great songs. Songs that would not only express the truth of the gospel in a compelling and beautiful way, but songs people would want to sing and hear again and again.
So in 2017, we changed the theme to “Prayers of the Saints.” It’s a phrase John uses in Rev. 5:8 and 8:4 to describe the prayers of God’s people for the punishment of the wicked, the deliverance of his people, and the vindication of God’s name. It highlights the fact that we live in the time of the “already and not yet.” Satan is defeated, our sins are paid for, the grave is overcome. But we’re waiting for the final consummation when death will be forever destroyed and tears will be no more. So while we celebrate, rejoice, and praise, we also grieve, intercede, and anticipate.
Songs for the Journey
The Christian life isn’t one triumph after another. We endure suffering, sin, persecution, and temptation while fixing our gaze on Jesus’ promised coming. Through his substitutionary death and victorious resurrection he has guaranteed those he’s redeemed a future of eternal glory and joy.
So we wrote lyrics like these to sing on the journey:
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, strong defender of my weary heart
My sword to fight the cruel deceiver, and my shield against his hateful darts
Deliver us from evil, Lord; the devil’s seeking to devour
With trembling hearts we hear his roar, but Your strong arm will crush his pow’r
As day unfolds, I seek Your will in all of life’s demands
And though the tempter tries me still, I cling to Your commands
Let every effort of my life display the matchless worth of Christ
Make me a living sacrifice; be glorified today
Though the dark is overwhelming and the brightest lights grow dim
Though the Word of God is trampled on by foolish men
Though the wicked never stumble and abound in every place
We will all be humbled when we see Your face
The Players and Singers
Sovereign Grace Music doesn’t record definitive versions of songs we want others to copy. We hope local churches will adapt our songs to their own context and sing them in a way that serves their congregations. That might be a full band, a piano and organ, a choir and orchestra, or even a lone acoustic guitar. That being said, we worked hard on this album to come up with arrangements we think will serve you.
David Zimmer served us masterfully on drums, Ryan Foglesong on bass (and acoustic), and Patrick Anderson on electric/acoustic. All three have been a part of previous Sovereign Grace albums and
Nathan Nockels produced the album and more than delivered. I’ve appreciated Nathan’s work since his Sons & Daughters days (precursor to Watermark). I hoped he’d give these songs a more mainstream approach soundwise, and love the result.
In the past, we’ve primarily used Sovereign Grace songwriters for our albums. This time we added Brittany Kauflin, Mary Smith, and Jon Althoff to that list. But on
Marc Willerton, a worship pastor from near Vancouver, B.C., contributed two outstanding songs to the album (
Singing the Songs
But at the end of the day, producing an album of congregational worship songs is fruitless unless churches actually singing them. We’ve had great feedback thus far, and look forward to seeing God use these songs to serve the body of Christ. To make that easier, we’ve provided all the charts, lead sheets, and piano/vocal scores on the
What You Can Do
You can help us out by spreading the word through Facebook, comments sections, or by leaving a review on
We’ve released videos from a few of the songs on YouTube, but plan to eventually post them all. Enjoy!
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