A few general words on the album
More than a Christmas CD, Savior includes twelve songs focusing on the Incarnation.The album was released in November 2006 by Sovereign Grace Music.
From the site:
How can we get to God?
This question, divinely woven into every living soul, finds its echo in Scripture. There we see that God wants an intimate relationship with his people—to live with them. Yet the presence of this holy God is a consuming fire, so we, in our sinfulness, cannot dwell there.
Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man is an exaltation of the One who resolved that dilemma through the miracle of the Incarnation. The baby in a manger is God himself, the Savior who came to bear our sins and reconcile us to the Father.
Savior contains twelve truth-saturated songs, suitable for worshiping God year-round. Each song ponders and celebrates the reason for Christ’s coming.
Truth comes through words and not through music, so I would like to quote in full the lyrics of the songs under review. The 3 songs in this review are the mellower tracks in the album.
Sleep, Jesus, Sleep
Sleep, Jesus, sleep
We’ve come to see
You who never closed Your eyes
Watching over earth and skies
Now in frail humanity
Sleep, newborn King
We’ll gently sing
You who reigns forevermore
Ruling as the Lord of lords
You who never had a need
Born as Mary’s son
Prince of Peace
One day You’ll deliver me
The soothing voice in this track belongs to Shannon Harris, wife of I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Josh Harris.She is also the singer of The Precious Blood and O Great God on the Valley of Vision album.
“Sleep, Jesus, Sleep”, one of my favorite songs on the album, could very well be the most truth-packed lullaby sung to Jesus. I’ve listened to Sleep, Jesus, Sleep many times. In my later replays, a grammatical inconsistency, if not an error, became apparent.
Please take a look at the following two lines:
- You who never closed Your eyes
- You who reigns forevermore
Line 1’s clause “Your eyes” is second person. Line 2’s clause is third person plural (“He reigns forevermore”, and not “You reigns forevermore”). Grammar dictates that in the construction
[Person] who [verb],
the verb takes on the third person form. This means that “You who never closed Your eyes” should be “You who never closed His eyes”.
For more information on this grammatical issue, please refer to: http://voiceofiyov.blogspot.com/2007/06/you-who-hears-sic-prayer.html
The Son of God Came Down
The Son of God came down and laid aside His crown
Born without great renown, this Sovereign One
All holiness and might, all glory shining bright
Have come to earth this night in Mary’s son
O come, let us adore
O Christ the Lord, our hope and Savior
Son of God yet made like us
O Christ the Lord, our King adored
Born a child, our Lord Jesus
Messiah born so small, asleep in cattle stall
Come to redeem our fall, nailed to a tree
This tiny, helpless child through death would reconcile
The holy God and vile, His grace so free
O come, let us adore
This song was written by Doug Plank. I loved the acoustic music in this song. Let us worship the King of kings with awe and humility.
Salvation is Born
Come let us worship, come let us adore
Jesus, Messiah, our Savior is born
Carol His glory and sing His sweet Name
Offer a life of thanksgiving and praise
Join with the angels proclaiming to earth
Join with the shepherds in awe of His birth
Join all creation rejoicing this morn
The glory of God-become-man has been born
Come, let us adore Him
Jesus, the hope of the world
Come, worship before Him
Christ, the Messiah has come
Salvation is born
Prophets foretold Him, the Promise of God
The hope of Salvation and light of the world
Born in a stable and born as a man
Born to fulfill God’s redeeming plan
The coming of the Babe was a historic event. Indeed, it split history into two (BC and AD). In this song, we are invited to join with creatures in heaven and on earth in remembering Jesus’ birth.