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THE WORSHIP REFLECTIVE WITH SELENA SCHULZ
#79 - Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin
NRT's Selena Schulz looks at two songs from the partnership's newest album
 


THE WORSHIP REFLECTIVE WITH SELENA SCHULZ, #79 - Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin
Posted: June 23, 2022 | By: SelenaSchulz_NRT
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Worship band Maverick City Music has become a force to be reckoned with in the Christian music scene--and for good reason. They entered the contemporary Christian music space in 2019 with the goal to produce authentic music. They don't limit themselves by rules, spoken or unspoken, and they create whatever flows in worship. 

The group says their process of making music is less a "songwriting factory" and much more so a place to express praise--regardless of proficiency. This unique angle has certainly taken them far. With collaborations from contemporary artist Steffany Gretzinger to the prayer and worship movement UPPERROOM, their music gives music fans a refreshing breather at every listen. Here's a look at two of their most recently released songs from their newest album Kingdom Book One, which was created in collaboration with 16-time GRAMMY winner, gospel artist Kirk Franklin.

Kingdom

Thine is the Kingdom
The power the glory
Forever and ever
He finished our story


The passionate chorus of voices featured in this song mixed with the gifted worship leading of Kirk Franklin makes for an unparalleled moment of praise. Letting this song fill my ears was the gateway I needed for God to step in and flip my worn-out perspective right side up. 

Jesus is coming; there's no denying that fact. It may seem like something to be fearful of because we have never experienced anything like it. In contrast, though, our attitudes should be the exact opposite. The best friend who led me through every single one of my trials, He's the one coming back. The Son of my miracle worker is returning, and He's the furthest thing from a stranger to me.

I anticipate the day of His coming, not only with expectancy but with praise. As the choir calls out, "All hail King Jesus," I lift my shout to the God who sent His son to redeem my terrible deeds. He didn't shy away from the nastiness at all but instead dove right in, ready to change the world and change the world He did.

I'm grateful that one day I'll live forever with Him in heaven and gaze upon my hero forever more. After all, the chorus of praise that will resound in eternity can begin right here, so "If you wanna know what heaven sounds like/Just let it fill the room."

 

Bless Me

Favor, Favor
Let it fall on me
Till I'm the conversation
Of all my enemies


I heard this song for the first time at church a few weeks ago. Since then, I've enjoyed the song at every listen: a catchy upbeat melody accompanied by a powerful message. I pray after you listen to this anthem that you'll experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

What stands out most in the song is the prayer for provision over our enemies and not just for us as the ones singing it. It takes a tremendous amount of faith to cry out "Bless me" and follow that up with the purpose of catching the eye of one's enemy and passing on the goodness to them.

Furthermore, the clarity with which these words are sung makes it evident that this isn't some half-hearted cry. Rather, it's one full of conviction that will echo from the lips of believers for many years to come purely because this chorus means it. And the fact the lyrics are dedicated to Jesus is a powerful thing. To round it out with an incredible lyric comes this proclamation: "Let all these folks that's with me, God, have everything they need."

 

Selena Schulz is NRT’s youngest staff contributor. She loves God, music, reading, and writing.

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