Album review: His Mercy is More, The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
I’ve never reviewed an album before. The song I knew was “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” and I so loved this song that I decided to buy the CD. I still listen to music on CD, but you can – of course – buy it digitally.
It features 12 songs, and they are all worthwhile and I highly recommend this album to you. 5 stars!
The songs are hymn like and feature thoughtful lyrics that elevate Christ and our need of a Savior. The words are honest and hopeful, anchoring us in essential truths about our salvation found in Christ. Besides that, I find the tunes are peaceful sounding and it is easy to remember the words – not because they are repetitive – but both the tune and words are memorable, singable. (Something I find lacking, sadly, in too many worship songs today.)
I was only familiar with the one song when I got the CD, and after listening to the entire CD only a couple times, I would find parts of songs just randomly coming into my mind. “Our sins they are many, His mercy is more. Praise the Lord, His mercy is more.” “Oh my soul put your hope in God.”
Song # 11 is “How Rich a Treasure we Possess” and stanza 3 says this:
How vast and measureless the flood
Of mercy unrestrained
The penalty was paid in full
The spotless Lamb was slain
Salvation what a priceless gift
Received by grace through faith
We stand in robes of righteousness
We stand in Jesus’ Name
Songs 6,8, and 9 I would say fall in the category of lament:
“Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call (Psalm 42)”
“Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor”
“Lord Have Mercy (For What we Have Done)”
This is something often missing in our modern hymns and songs. The Psalms are considered the hymn book and prayer book of ancient Israel, and did you realize that more Psalms fall into the category of lament than an other category – even praise? Yes. There is a place for lament in our worship. Lament can be very misunderstood in our age, and I have blogged about it. Lament is not hopelessness. Lament is not despair. Lament is not complaining. Lament in the Bible is a liturgical response to the reality of a situation and it engages God in the context of pain and trouble. Lament is simply honest. More HERE.
Here is stanza 2 and the chorus from “Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call” based on Psalm 42:
Storms within my troubled soul
Questions without answers
On my faith these billows roll
God, be now my shelter
Why are you cast down, my soul?
Hope in Him who saves you
When the fires have all grown cold
Cause this heart to praise You
And, oh, my soul, put your hope in God
My help, my Rock, I will praise Him
Sing, oh, sing through the raging storm
You’re still my God, my salvation
Finally, if you knew only one song from this album, it was likely this one: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” – and if not, be introduced to this wonderful song that presents the big picture of our great salvation with solid theology and truths about Christ. See below. Again, I highly recommend this album to you!
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