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We Shall Not Be Shaken by Matt Redman

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We Shall Not Be Shaken by Matt Redman

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...uses simple, poetic lyrics to express the undeniable truth in an age filled with brokeness -- much like David in the Psalms."

If I asked you to name a Chris Tomlin song, most of you could rattle off a few dozen, and if I then asked you to state your favorite Matt Redman worship song, you’d probably say “The Heart of Worship”, “Better is One Day” or “Blessed Be Your Name.” Many of his songs have been covered by CCM artists Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James and the David Crowder Band. He is also known for his work with Soul Survivor, Passion Conferences and Hillsong London. In 2009, Matt and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in a team church-planting effort with Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.

Consummate lead worshipper and author Matt Redman encourages everyone to continue worshipping the Almighty even in their times of struggle with his seventh studio album “We Shall Not Be Shaken.”

With all of Matt Redman’s songs (both past and current), you cannot help but want to join in on the praise and worship for the audience of one. “We Shall Not Be Shaken” uses simple poetic lyrics to express the undeniable truth in an age filled with brokenness, much like David in the Psalms. Matt says "This album praises God's steadiness. We're being reminded how shakable earthly things are - job losses, home foreclosures . . . So it feels appropriate now to address the economy in a worship song. Nothing in the Psalms was ever detached from its era."

In the title track, there is a praise worthy affirmation of who is in charge in a world full of sin and evil . . . The Great I Am . . . with lyrics wrapped up in the chorus: “You never change, You never fail, You never fade.” The “Remembrance” track could be used in a communion setting with these poignant words “We respond to your invitation, we remember you.” In what I’d call a worship song for a Club setting, “For Your Glory,” the techno rhythm and upbeat lyrics “We will dance, we will dance for your glory!” blend well together. The guitar-driven introduction in “The Glory of Our King” lays the foundation for the entire track. At times, I found myself in the middle of a pep rally for the King!

The songs do center around the centrality of Jesus and the cross as well as the stability and rock-solidness of the God found in the Bible. Favorite Tracks include: “We Shall Not Be Shaken,” “Through it All,” “Remembrance” and “All That Really Matters.”

If you want to hear him live, Matt will be joining Casting Crowns for the upcoming Until The Whole World Hears Tour. Otherwise, pick up a copy of “We Shall Not Be Shaken.” Either way, you’ll be brought before the throne of God as you listen to Matt Redman as he reminds you that God is everything He says He is!

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Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.