Don’t expect to be singing many songs from the new Hillsong United album in church any time soon, and that’s not a bad thing. The new album is available for streaming on iTunes and I’ve given it a couple spins today. As a worship leader, I admit my tendency is to search for anthems – songs that I can replicate in a worship service – and I had difficulty finding them. In that moment of disappointment I was reminded of a truth that worship isn’t about music, it’s an attitude of the heart. Or in our modern context,
Worship isn’t about the hook.
Zion breaks down our expectations of a worship album (even one from Hillsong) and captures the heart of true worship. As I listened again to the entire album I felt free to listen to God’s voice. Only one other complete album has had that effect on me over the years (The Prayer Chain‘s Mercury).
Maybe it’s premature, but I feel I can safely say Zion is a must-have… especially if you pray or study the Word with music. It’s Spirit-led composition birthed from real encounters with Christ… worship in spirit and truth. Pick it up in the US 2/26/13.