Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
See the Morning by
"...excites, energizes, and engages listeners in authentic worship."
Chris Tomlin’s name became widely recognized by worshipers around the world with the overnight success of Arriving. Worship leaders slated songs such as “Indescribable” and “How Great is our God” in Sunday morning worship sets, and church goers could be heard humming phrases from “Your Grace is Enough” as they slid into their cars after the service ended.
See the Morning has been criticized by other reviewers for not having a blockbuster list of pew-sitter friendly sing-alongs, which may be the case. But worship is not limited to active singing.
Tomlin describes this project as an exploration of “the idea that God’s as faithful as the rising sun…that while the darkness [of night] came and was for a while, light is breaking through into morning.” In other words, Tomlin’s purpose for this album is to encourage listeners. Ryan Durfee, worship pastor of Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, CO describes Tomlin as someone who “Sings the truth about who God is.”
In preparation for writing this review, I’ve played See the Morning during my morning walks. The song “Made to Worship” affirms God’s reason for creating us in the first place. You and I were made to worship, you and I were called to love, you and I are forgiven and free, you and I embrace surrender, you and I choose to believe, you and I will see we were meant to be. The quick tempo is great for raising the heart rate.
“Glory in the Highest” unfolds the wings of my spirit and I can’t help but wrap my mind around the mystery and awesomeness of God. I love how the song starts out softly. Tomlin’s voice is airy and filled with awe. As the song progresses, harmonic voices and additional instrumentation are added, painting a beautiful sound picture of a God worthy of such praise and adoration.
My first contact with “Everlasting God” was when my worship pastor handed it to the team for a Sunday morning set. I found the “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord” repetition to be on the cheesy side at first, but the more I heard the song, the more it resonated with what God was trying to teach me. Ironically it became my favorite song on the whole CD.
As far as comparisons go, Matt Redman from across the pond is the most comparable to Tomlin stylistically.
See the Morning excites, energizes and engages listeners in authentic worship. What sets Tomlin apart from many recording artists is his ability to communicate. When I listen to Chris sing, I hear a man who truly believes in what he’s saying. As a result, my faith and adoration for Jesus Christ grows every time I press “play”.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.