STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21199-11900 LABEL: Integrity 41252 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-11-30 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Anyone who has spent any time leafing through the pages of praise and worship songbooks will know that Brian Doerksen is one of the premier composers of contemporary worship music. Down the years this hugely gifted Canadian has written a veritable sheaf of worship classics (and in fact this album includes a re-recording of one of them - "Light The Fire Again"). This album contains plenty of new gems. His version of the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father In Heaven", is a delight; "He Is Here" (a duet with the deliciously-voiced Christine Dente) kept me reaching for the repeat button and "I Don't Hear Anything But You" (featuring David Kahipo) is another top quality song. But possibly the most breathtaking of all the recordings here is the title track, where Doerksen is joined by a goose-bump inducing boys choir who give the song an extraordinary other-worldly feel. The production by Philip Janz makes lavish use of strings and is quite classically orientated while the theme running through the whole album - God's extraordinary holiness - is loving explored. Another worship gem from the always reliable veteran.
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'As I withdrew to pray for direction in the first days of the year I was surprised by a strong and burning desire for the holiness of God that filled my heart. I was drawn to the book of Revelations where it describes the worship that is going on constantly in heaven and in the centre of this worship is the declaration that is going on forever, the ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’. It’s as if the angels, saints and all the heavenly creatures know that at the very core of who God is is his holiness. As I meditated on the scriptures I realised that I wanted to sing it – actually ‘want’ is too weak a word; I had to sing it! And so I spent some time singing every ‘Holy’ song I could think of and they all were good but they didn’t quite satisfy my hunger to sing the ‘holy, holy, holy’ and so I walked over to my piano and began to sing those words with a new melody, like a simple chant. And pretty soon I was in tears as I sensed the presence of God. For the first few days all I sang was the chorus part just the ‘holy, holy, holy God’ and it was all I needed. Then after a few days, I realised that I wanted to declare the core of his character and answer the question; 'What are the actions of a Holy God?'
When we think of a ‘Holy God’, we would think he would keep his distance from us and our world . . . Polluted with sin and impurities as it is. I think one of the most amazing things about God is that this God who is perfect and holy, draws near to us to forgive, redeem . . . Even to the point of sending his only Son, the 'nail scarred Lamb' to pay the price for our rebellion. But he doesn’t stop there! His goal is not just our forgiveness, so we can become his loyal subjects and servants.' Brian Doerksen