on June 8, 2007
I received this material three years ago and was immediately struck by the themes of salvation and cleansing prevalent throughout this CD. Martin Nystrom is truly anointed; unlike some worship recordings, this sounds rehearsed only in a few places.
"All Creatures of Our God and King" and the "Doxology" combine to form a striking opening to this worship experience. Neither hymn is modernized beyond recognition; this is refreshing for me, as many worship recordings render classic hymns too contemporary.
"The Lord Is Marching Out" is my least favorite song. This is most likely because the notes sound high and, in places, inconclusive. Mr. Nystrom does share several Scriptures regarding the Lord's strength at the opening of the song; this is a good touch, and I do not doubt the song's power to touch others.
"Sing and Be Glad in Him" and "He Put a New Song" are both upbeat renditions of hymns. These are generally too fast for me, but they contain joyful messages.
"Under the Blood" is one of my favorite melodies. What Christian could truly resist a song detailing Jesus' salvation--a cleansing through His blood, complete with allusions from the Old Testament Passover ceremonies? This is one ballad that halts fear, rebukes condemnation, and generally causes Satan to flee.
"I Am Not My Own", "He Whom the Son Sets Free", and "I'm So Glad" flow so nicely into one another that they should have remained as one song. These are quite upbeat and are perfect for joyful times of praise following the Lord's deliverance. They describe freedom from sin and fear and include several references to portions of Galatians and John.
"Your Love" is one slower song that sounds slightly rehearsed. However, the lyrics are beautiful. Upon first receiving this CD, I was encumbered by a very heavy burden. Knowing that "my heart is [His] home / [His] temple, [His] throne" enabled me to realize that nothing could sever me from the love of Christ. Allusions to passages in 2 Corinthians here abound.
"Your Grace Is Sufficient", "Come to the Table", "Remember Me", and "By Your Blood" consist of a beautiful, reverent time of Communion. "Remember Me" is a musical rendition of the Lord's Supper, as found within Matthew 26:26-30. "Your Grace Is Sufficient" and "Come to the Table" are heart-searching songs that encourage believers to thank the Lord for His salvation. "By Your Blood" concludes the time of Communion by thanking Jesus once again for His atonement. I have frequently used these songs to partake in Communion and have found my experience with the Lord to be beautifully intense.
"I Will Praise Him" might be included in the category of Communion songs. This intimate ballad incorporates few instruments and consists of a heartfelt love-song to the Lord, "for His blood has washed away each stain".
"Here Am I" and "Lord, Send Me", though of vastly different styles, flow nicely into one another. They describe the need for believers to take the Gospel abroad and serve as prayers that the Lord might send His servants to distant lands. "Here Am I" is a gentle worship song; "Lord, Send Me" is a much more upbeat praise chorus.
Purchase this Cd. Await it eagerly, and begin to tear your garments should the postman fail to deliver it within three days. When you have received it, go to a secluded place, insert it, and prepare to worship in Spirit and in truth--glorious!