"He's gonna make it right, child." Those words, off the title track of Joshua Leventhal's debut worship EP, L I O N | L A M B , reverberate over and over as the song crescendos—and he is just as much singing them over himself as the listener—an incessant, tireless reminder of the hope that the ultimate justice of Christ is coming, and is to be yearned for.
Joshua's simultaneous satisfaction in and longings for his Redeemer are at the forefront of these songs—they forego what is expected of a modern worship chorus, and instead tread to deeper waters. In a diverse sonic landscape of everything from Black Gospel to Punk anthem to electronically influenced Indie Rock, he weaves images of bride and feast, sojourners and shores, hope in pain, all across the canvas of the Gospel. These are unapologetically Cross-centered, hope-awaiting works. And while their lyricism may not draw from the same wells as is common in contemporary worship, they are still fully intended for the Church to sing together—that we might better know Him, love Him, and stir in affection towards Him. To explore the marriage of meaningful art with Spirit-filled worship—to the delight of the King, and His satisfaction of us. This is art as catalyst for adoration.
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