|In the Flow of Worship | Posted September 24, 2012
As a worship leader, Dustin Smith's number one aim is help people encounter God's presence, leading them to worship Him with all of their being. You Are The Fire accomplishes this through songs constructed purely for bringing praise to the only One who deserves it. Recorded live, this project brings the contagious celebration directly from the church to wherever you are, making any place this album is heard, filled with the presence of God.
"Yahweh" starts the album off with high energy and straight up worship. Since the project was recorded live, you can hear the crowd singing along and celebrating as Smith sings the chorus, "You're the King of Glory / Strong and mighty / Yahweh, Yahweh." Right off the bat, it's clear this is going to be a time of pure praise to the One from His church.
Slowing things down a bit, "Lord Of All" still contains the worship and praise found throughout the album, while taking the energy level down a notch. Smith and the crowd sing the chorus, "With our hands held high / Every face turned to the sky / As we crown You Lord Of All." With guitars, drums, and keyboard, it's interesting how even the slower songs still contain the feeling of celebration heard in previous tracks.
Title track, "You Are The Fire," starts off subdued, but definitely amps up as it continues into the chorus. Smith sings, "Let it burn, let it burn now / Oh from the inside out / Let it rage, let it rage now / You are the fire, You are the fire" and with every verse, reminds us how God's character is like a fire. As a result, we are the flames – an extension of His character and love.
On Dustin Smith's You Are The Fire, each track goes from one praise song right into the next, just like you're at a worship service. It even includes Smith's prayers and encouraging words inserted between songs, not to mention the crowd's responses and singing along in celebration. Basically, if you want to attend a worship service without leaving your living room or car, pop this baby in and you're there.
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