“Here in Your presence, Lord I surrender
To Your glory, For Your glory”
The lyrics of this song are indeed the declaration of our heart in this season at Hillsong Church. TO His Glory and FOR His Glory – there is no other reason that we worship.
Since the day we planted Hillsong Church, writing and singing songs that powerfully declare the truth of the Gospel and praise of our magnificent God has been a mantelpiece and mandate on this House. What God has done, raising up songwriters – men and women who seek after God personally and share their creative conversations corporately – has left me continuously grateful for the opportunity that we have to bless other local churches with music that resounds His fame.
This album, OPEN HEAVEN// RIVER WILD is no different, and in fact, is ushering in a new sound that only the Holy Spirit himself could orchestrate. It is filled with music and lyrics that will take your personal moments of devotion and corporate adoration to new heights as you declare that indeed his unfailing hope, grace, kindness, and furious love will finish the good works He began in you.
As we set out to record this album at our annual Hillsong Conference, the Spirit of God moved powerfully in a way none of us could have expected, planned for, or tried to contain within an album of songs. What we captured was indeed distinctive – a new sound rising in the House of God. The Holy Spirit is our distinctive, His voice needs to be loudest in our lives– and the personal revelations from Him in our worship times are what will set us apart and draw a world in need to a waiting King.
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My wife possibly said it best at our recent Heart and Soul gathering in Sydney – the dawn is arising and the Lord is displaying the splendor of His Bride (Isaiah 49).
May Heaven open over you and your church as you allow these songs to penetrate your heart and encourage your spirit…
With love, Brian