Once in a while a new product comes to market that is simultaneously simple and brilliant. After endless “best worship ever” compilations from various companies, Kingsway are releasing something a little different, and the heart behind it restores something that could go missing without intentional focus.
With the continuous stream of worship recordings hitting the market, it would be easy to get so wrapped up in the sounds and freshness of releases that we miss the point of worship. Worship music is not to provide a nice soundtrack to our lives, or some inoffensive background music whilst we get on with the “real” work.
As John Piper said in Desiring God:
“The fuel of worship is a true vision of the greatness of God;
the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is the quickening of the Holy Spirit;
the furnace made alive and warm by the flame of truth is our renewed spirit;
and the resulting heat of our affections is powerful worship, pushing its way out in confessions, longings, acclamations, tears, songs, shouts, bowed heads, lifted hands, and obedient lives.”
If worship becomes background, something is truly wrong. So this is the brilliant and simple idea. Kingsway has compiled a month of songs from artists such as Delirious, Stuart Townend, Tim Hughes, Brian Houston, Matt Redman and many more familiar and not so familiar names. These compilations are by month, each set comprising of two CDs providing one song a day. And in the center of the booklike CD case is a set of hefty liner notes that provide the lyrics for that day’s song, a devotional writing geared towards reflection, a prayer to offer and a suggested response.
Mentioning this to one friend, they were concerned that it might seek to replace the reading of the Scriptures. I’m convinced that is not the point, but the reflection center is full of Scripture to meditate on – it turns out to be a tool that drives the devotee back to the Word!
I love this project because it reasserts that worship is about communion with God, praising Him and responding to His calling. Worship is not a music market, it’s not a style or genre of preference. Worship is something that we do, and Kingsway are providing an easy way for people to engage in that in their daily lives.
In March, I’ll be posting regularly with my responses to the worship devotional. Care to join me? You can grab a copy here.
This review was originally written for Foursquare.org and reposted with permission here. Review materials were supplied by the publisher at no cost, and no attempt was made to obtain a favorable review. All opinions expressed are the author’s own.