Matthew 14:22-27 records the story of Jesus walking on the water. His disciples were in a boat, fighting a fierce storm in the dark of night, when Jesus appeared. When the disciples saw Him they were terrified, for they thought that He was a ghost. Jesus reassured them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid." Telling them who He was should have been enough to calm their anxious fears, but the disciples were scared not only of a ghost, but also by the storm. When Jesus invited Peter to come out to Him, walking on the water, Peter stumbled in fear because of the wind.
So it is with the Christian life. In times of trial, believers are reassured by these same words of Jesus to remember who He is and the power He wields. But when He calls us from cowering in the boat to face the storms of life head-on we quickly doubt and despair. Our great assurance as we walk out onto the stormy sea is that what holds us up is not the strength of our grip on Jesus' hand, but His grip on ours. While we may doubt, He never ceases to be faithful and powerful, rescuing His children from danger and reminding them of His constant and mysterious love.
This collection of worship songs features the recurring imagery of waves – waves of doubt and grief yet also grace. As you listen and hopefully sing these with your congregation, our prayer is that you would come to trust and love Jesus more deeply, with more and more of your life, including the most guarded and wounded pieces of your story. You will find the Lord to be a powerful guardian, gentle physician, and Father who loves you so much that He can barely contain Himself. And if you haven't met Him for the first time, we hope that your heart will be captured by the grace of God presented in these songs.
released October 7, 2013
Jake Armerding – Ac. Guitar (1,2,6,7,9,12,13,14), El. Guitar (1), Bass (1), Mandolin (4,8,10,11), Vocals (1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,13,14)
Aaron Fabbrini – Bass (3,6,7,9,13), Pedal Steel (6)
Steve Goold – Drums (3,6,7,9,13)
Matt Patrick – El. Guitar (3,6,7,8,9), Dobro (13)
Lyndsay Peterson – Vocals (1,3,4,10,14)
David L. Ward – Ac. Guitar (1,4,8,10,11,12), 12 String Guitar (2), Piano (5,6,11,12), Vocals (1,4,5,7)
David Wessner – Pedal Steel (1,2,14)
Co-Producers: Jake Armerding & David L. Ward
Recording Engineers: Jake Armerding (Redeemer Bible Church) & Matt Patrick (The Library)
Mixing: Matt Malikowski at Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA and Erick Jaskowiak at J Studio, Nashville, TN
Mastering: Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering, Minneapolis, MN
Graphic Design by
A New Machine - anewmachine.com
Danica Donnelly - danicadonnelly.com
Jaimee C Photography - jaimeecphotography.com