A few weeks ago this blog started as a result of my disappointment over Switchfootâ€™s seeming reluctance to even mention Jesusâ€™ name. Today I received a Seven Places CD in the mail. The title: â€œHear Us Say Jesus.â€ Booyeah, and Iâ€™m back blogging like a maniac.
This CD is awesome. Let me say that again, this CD is awesome. Musically Iâ€™m very impressed, and lyrically Iâ€™m blown away. Many of those who listen to Switchfoot do so because the lyrics arenâ€™t all sunshine and roses, but more thoughtful and â€œrealâ€ than some Christian music. Iâ€™m glad to say Seven Places has managed to be thoughtful and real without losing Jesus. They acknowledge pain, but in the proper perspectiveâ€”seasoning it with strong doses of Godâ€™s redemptive power and hope for eternity.
Check out some excerpts from a few of their songsâ€”they convey some pretty clear messages, so I wonâ€™t have to comment, and you wonâ€™t have to give yourself a headache trying to figure out what the heck theyâ€™re trying to say (a la Switchfoot):
Track 1: Fall in Line
If youâ€™re sitting down get on your feet / Letâ€™s wake up those who are asleepâ€¦Hear us say Jesus / Where are we when the world caves in?â€¦Itâ€™s time for us to stand up and speak the truth of His love / Itâ€™s time to let the world know weâ€™ve got something to say / Itâ€™s time for us to lift our hands until the world understands / Jesus the reigning King is alive and well today
Track 2: Watch
Emptiness plagues you inside, youâ€™re surrounded by sorrow / It follows you to where you hide, and exposes you every time / There is life beyond this crippling cage, and shelter from the rage / Only you can decide/ Watch these chains fall from my hands / Then you will understand, then you will understand / Watch me walk through these prison bars / Then you will know my heart is free, then you will know my heart is free / For the first time Iâ€™m alive / No longer pressed by doubt and fear / No longer drowning in my tears / He saved me from going under
Track 4: Perspective
Iâ€™ll find the sunrise in the dark skies warmth in fiery trials / Drown in your endless sea of love / So I can walk on water of hard timesâ€¦Itâ€™s when Iâ€™m stranded and empty handed / I become dependent on you
Track 5: I Look Upon Your Hill
Oh Lord, Youâ€™ve worn the crown / Iâ€™ve placed upon Your head / Oh Lord, Iâ€™ve pierced Your hands / Yet Your blood declares my innocence
Track 6: Weâ€™re Almost There
The world has turned, inside-out / Iâ€™m choking on the dark / So I tilt my head to heaven / Iâ€™m reminded that / Weâ€™re almost there
Track 7: Lay it down
Lifeâ€™s melodies can be accompanied by doubt / They start happy then comes the minor key / That brings us down / But in times of endless tragedy / Heâ€™s been known to compose His best symphonies
Track 8: Someday Go
The clouds roll into my life / And they remind me of how Youâ€™ll meet me in the sky
Track 10: Be My Salvation
Let the Lord be magnified, give Him praise (emphasis added)
Track 11: All in My Head
I canâ€™t feel Your heartbeat when Youâ€™re in my head / If my mind is full but my heart isnâ€™t there / Thatâ€™s like trying to inhale without the air / So dear Jesus breathe new life in me
Track 12: Holes in His Hands
You said your days were over / That the Son would never use you again / But by one manâ€™s disobedience / Came One whoâ€™s conquered your sin
Okay, so I will comment. Go buy this CD, listen to it, read the lyrics, and let your heart be ministered to. Iâ€™m feeling convicted and encouraged. How about that last excerpt there? Redemption is such a powerful message. 5 stars out of 5.