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OUR GOD SAVES by walterp
January 16, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Media

By Walt Alexander 

Hey everyone.

I wanted to tell you about a new CD I bought a couple of months ago.  It is Paul Balcohe’s Our God Saves.  Paul Baloche is known for writing the song “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” so I was a little skeptical of this CD and what it would turn out like. But I was thrilled to find out that it is great.  On this album, Paul joins up with Brenton Brown, Kathryn Scott, Matt Redman, and Graham Kendrick.

The CD kicks off with the title track Our God Saves.  Beginning with the lyrics… In the name of the Father, In the name of the Son, In the name of the Spirit, Lord, we come.  It is a wonderful song with great corporate chorus shouting “Our God saves, our God saves.”

Then, Rock of Ages You Will Stand continues the album with a rearrangement-of-sorts of the hymn “On Christ the Solid Rock.”  The older lyrics sound great to a new, easily singable melody.  The chorus goes like this: Rock of Ages, You will stand, our foundation to the end, Never failing, God unchanging, Rock of Ages, You will stand.  It is an encouraging song about God’s faithfulness in and through the death of Christ.

The next song Only True God is co-written by and sung with Kathryn Scott.  It sings of many of God’s unsingable characteristics – his transcendance,  imminance, humility, holiness, and triune nature.  The chorus simply sings: Father Spirit Son, Only true God, Exalted three in One, Only true God.

Another great song is Hallelujah To My King.  It speaks of the finished work of Christ to save us and bring us to God.  It sings of our former status as enemies and now as sinners welcomed to the throne!  The chorus exclaims: Hallelujah What A Savor, I owe everything to Him, Hallelujah What A Savior, Hallelujah to my King.

The CD continues with several other great songs, including You Gave Your Life Away about how Jesus laid down His life and a suped-up version of How Great Thou Art.

So, buy this album.  It is probably my favorite, non-Sovereign Grace, worship album of 2007.  It has well-written lyrics and great, singable melodies.  For a great critical review of this album by Bob Kauflin, check here.

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Thanks for writing that post Walt! You have grown so much in being a lead worshipper! I am thankful for you!

But…is it Balcohe or Baloche?

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