I recently asked on Facebook for some good worship music recommendations. (I have an iTunes giftcard burning a hole in my pocket!) I was given many good recommendations:
Hillsongs (Various folks)
Red Mountain Music (Molly Rego, AL)
Glory Revealed I & II (Christine Engert, NH)
Sovereign Grace: Psalms (Kristin Middleton, Washington, D.C.)
Kari Jobe (Eliza Olsen, GA)
Christy Nockels – formerly of Watermark (Christine Engert and Leann Morrow Ward)
I’m adding a couple of recommendations of my own – Indelible Grace (We intro’d their song – To Christ the Lord in our church this past Sunday)
Curt Vernon – Curt is from Nicholasville and has come to Haiti several times, including to lead worship for our Staff retreat this past February. He doesn’t appear to have an album out, but has recorded a number of his songs and you can hear them on his myspace page.
I’ve just finished the Beth Moore Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent. It has gotten me thinking about the beauty of music written very directly from scripture. I enjoy many types of music, meaning both of diverse musical styles, as well as different lyrical approaches. But at the moment I’m longing for some rich soul-food. And it’s been exciting to spend some time listening to how God is speaking to His Church through “new” music. Some with fresh lyrics, others with fresh music for words that are hundreds or thousands of years old. There really is nothing new under the sun. How wonderful to take a fresh look at the very familiar, only to discover enduring beauty.
It will take me a while to work through all this great music, bit by bit. But thanks to my dear friends, near and far, for your great recommendations. I’m excited to listen to the Spirit’s voice through these songs.
Blessings on your Monday.