Covenant Worship ‘Kingdom’
The Covenant Worship band, from the Covenant Church in Dallas, TX, is releasing their second worship album Kingdom on July 1st. Covenant acknowledges and praises God’s sovereignty, and Jesus as king of our hearts on their new album Kingdom. The theme of building God’s kingdom shines through their upbeat worship music. The word “power” is said throughout. I love how Covenant embraces God’s power. He’s our father and friend, but He is, also, the Creator of the universe. We should enjoy our personal relationship with Him, while respecting His sovereignty as King. The breaking of chains is another theme throughout Kingdom. Jesus frees us from our slavery to sin.
Covenant references scripture in their songs. A few examples are “New Every Morning” (Lam. 3:22, 23) and “First Loved Me” (1 John 4:19). Covenant passionately desires God’s presence. In “Here Waiting,” the focus is on the personal time set aside to “wait on” God, free of distractions. They pray that God will “never let me stray too far” in “Closer.” The Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is recognized in “More, Holy Spirit.” I love the line, “take me back to my first love.” The Holy Spirit connects us with Jesus, and guides us on our walk. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is shared in “Not Ashamed” and “First Love Me,” although His gift of freedom is mentioned throughout the album. These songs were placed last on the album. They should have placed these songs at the beginning, so that the nonbeliever can understand what Jesus has done for them personally, before they can relate to praising God for his sovereignty.
Covenant’s worship style is upbeat; featuring dance, contemporary praise, and a few ‘90’s style worship songs. The style is somewhat outdated, and not introducing anything new. Kingdom sounds similar to any other worship album from the ‘90’s to current contemporary worship albums. However, we miss out on a unified sound. Each musical instrument stands out at various times. The magnification of the chimes in almost every song will have you checking your phone or computer for notifications. Once I figured out that the sound came from the chimes in the music, it started to sound like nails on a chalkboard to me. Some of this is understandable, being that Kingdom is a live album, although the production and sound quality could have been much better.
While this album is great for music leaders in church, I don’t believe that the average listener will be singing along while driving in their cars. They are by no means Chris Tomlin or Hillsong United, but they offer a decent list for any church worship leader to pull from. The message is their strength. Covenant’s praise for God’s sovereignty, desire for His presence, and the foretelling of His return as King make this a great album to redirect our focus.
Releases: July 1, 2014 (Integrity Music)
- New Every Morning (5:22)
- Risen (4:56)
- Good To Me (4:31)
- Can’t Stop Singing (4:27)
- Let The Name of Jesus Reign (5:48)
- Kingdom Come (6:46)
- More Holy Spirit (9:40)
- Your Kingdom Knows No End (4:10)
- Closer (5:43)
- Here Waiting (9:54)
- Not Ashamed (7:04)
- First Loved Me (7:23)
- I Am Loved (Medley) (10:08)*
12 Tracks, 75:49
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