Rock Solid Worship
Posted November 22, 2013
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
The Rock Won't Move is the second full-length worship album by Vertical Church Band, available everywhere October 29. The band is a ministry formed out of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and features the worship leaders Seth McConkey, Meredith Andrews, Andi Rozier, Tyler Miller, Kyle Fredericks, Jon Guerra and others. The group wrote over 100 songs before selecting these 10 Spirit-filled songs for the Church. The album is centered on the Rock of Jesus, and a theme verse could be 1st Corinthians 10:4: "For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."
The exciting opener "Found in You" sets the tone with the gang vocals and the crowd clapping along.There's a Hillsong alt-rock style, with the opening lyrics "We're reaching out to welcome You God, Fill the place again with Your song." I really like the call to worship and find myself frequently singing the catchy and "vertical" chorus: "'Til all we want and all we need is found in You, Jesus every victory is found in You." Amen to that! The song has a great melody, and I would love to sing it loudly with fellow believers.
I love the songs that reflect trusting completely in the Lord's grace for liberty from sin and self-reliance, "I'm Going Free (Jailbreak)" and "The Rock Won't Move." I find myself really singing along loudly with worship leader Kyle Fredericks in "The Rock Won't Move" when he cries out: "The Rock won't move and His Word is strong / The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone / The Rock won't move and His Word is strong, / The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone… The Rock of our salvation." The song builds to an emotional crescendo, building to the bridge "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand / The Rock won't move, no, the Rock won't move!" That's a wonderful Truth that all followers of Jesus can adopt as their anthem of faith.
"Worthy Worthy" and "Strong God" feature my favorite female worship leader Meredith Andrews. Meredith's mission is all about writing and singing songs that reflect what it means to have freedom in Christ. These great new worship songs really sets me in the proper mindset to praise God for loving me so much that He gave His life away for all that was lost. "Worthy Worthy" takes me to the day when we'll all be singing with the saints and the elders in Heaven, "Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, / Worthy, worthy is Your name / All of Heaven joins the universe ever crying worthy, worthy is Your name." During the vertical song, Meredith cries out: "Jesus, worthy, worthy is Your name… Jesus there's no other name by which we are saved, Jesus, Jesus, there's no higher name than Jesus, there's no greater name than Jesus!"
That takes me to the Throne Room, along with "Strong God" which proclaims the biblical Truth "There is no higher, no, / There is no greater, no, there is none stronger than our God!" I love singing out the lyrics: "Father to the fatherless, Defender of the weak, / Freedom for the prisoner, we sing / This is God in His holy place, this is God clothed in love and strength / Sing out, lift your voice and cry out / Awesome is our strong God, mighty is our God!" Amen!
"I Will Follow" is a sincere and catchy love song sung to Jesus, proclaiming Him as the Lord of our lives: "Even in the want I'll follow You / I believe everything You say You are… / In the good things, in the hardest part, I believe and I will follow You… / I will be with You in Paradise!" Amen.
"Strong To Save" is another standout song about the only name that saves, Jesus. We know from Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." There's safety and security in the knowledge of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus. There's only one name under Heaven by which we can be saved, Jesus.
Many of the songs are arranged in a very sing-able and catchy style, such as "Only Jesus Can" which is filled with great statements of faith: "He can do it, Yes, He can… / No One else can save us, Redeem us, create a new life within us, Only Jesus can."
This great album has quickly become one of my top worship albums of the year, fitting in nicely with upbeat and exciting worship like We Are Young & Free by Hillsong Young & Free, Citizens by Citizens, and Heart by The City Harmonic. If you like those bands and albums, then don't hesitate to check out Vertical Church Band. The idea of an entire album filled with songs proclaiming Jesus as our Rock and our foundation is a devotional challenge as left to our own devices, many of us would build on sinking sand. What's especially cool about this new album is how every song is true to that biblical concept with strong messages.
I really enjoy the exciting musical vibe of this album, and the melodies and lyrics are all catchy and biblical. The Rock Won't Move is loaded with great rock beats, catchy melodies, and solid lyrics reflecting unashamed faith in Jesus. Everything we do and everything we have needs to come from the place of who we are in Jesus. There's safety and security in the knowledge of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus. There's only one name under Heaven by which we can be saved: Jesus. This album proclaims that Truth in every single song.Don't miss out on this incredible worship album, one of the best of the year for sure.
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"The Rock Won't Move"
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