Tell us about the new direction for this album?
I think we have always set out to write songs and create a musical expression that is almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness. Not for the sake of progression, or to keep pace with whatever the trend-monitor says, but simply because I feel like it's an essential aspect of what I believe worship is! It's supposed to be costly, it should always cause us to step into a place where our strength is made invisible in the complete pervasiveness of His power in all that we do, and that involves taking risks.
With this project, we made a very simple decision not to compromise. Not on anything; the lyric, the sound, the devotion and the story behind each and every song and moment carries a weight and a confession and a beauty that comes from KNOWING God is in this! That doesn't mean the album is perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I do believe it represents the true heartbeat of really ordinary people who in desperate need and passionate response to their Saviour, chose to give the best that we could, and we were aggressive in our pursuit of that above all else.
Why the title Zion?
From the outset I felt like this was going to a project that spoke simply and decisively of the story of God, and the sense of purpose and mission that comes from realising where we fit in that picture. I'm convinced that we are not just redeemed, but we are redeemed and called into the story of God with a specific plan and purpose.
This is why we undertook this project in the first place; not to just add another worship title to the catalogue, or to fulfill the project quota!! The opposite, we did it because we believe that God is wild enough to entrust us with His song and His message, and use us to display it the best we can to others! So if that's the call, we are going to answer it to the extent of our ability and a whole lotta faith. This is ZION; the city of God, the people of God, here, NOW, allowing the Spirit to breathe His eternal and unshakeable kingdom in and through us as we simply trust and love Him.
It's a completely ludicrous thought, but it's the truth, and the revelation of it has filled me personally with more passion, purpose and confidence than ever! Our prayer is that people everywhere would catch it and run with it in the same way! Knowing God is with them, God is in control, He WILL HAVE HIS WAY, but also knowing that HIS WAY is us!!! ZION is not held hostage for the future, it was established at the cross, and the cornerstone (Jesus) was laid down, so that we may triumphantly take our place in establishing the New Jerusalem, the new reality, Here and Now!
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