As I review more and more albums, I’m beginning to learn more and more about the worship scenes. One thing I’ve learned is that there are two main camps of worship music: the anthemic and the contemplative.
However, Bethel Music is forcing me to unlearn this with their new album Starlight, which boasts contemplative melodies and anthemic lyrics. The combination of this pairing produces a worship experience that brings peace to the soul while fueling the dissatisfaction that points the soul to the eternal, Almighty God, who created, sustains, and passionately pursues us.
Starlight by Bethel Music
Before we get too far, let me list some of my favorite tracks:
“There’s No Other Name”
“King of My Heart”
“The War is Over”
I think my favorite song was “Starlight.” Now, if I can be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the trend of nature metaphors in worship. I don’t dislike them, but…well, if I can put it simply, we’re being flooded in water metaphors. That said, “Starlight” doesn’t fit in that soggy box. The nature metaphor of light and darkness, stars and space is a breath of fresh air. These lyrics are incredible, particularly given this excellently framed cosmological metaphor that presents two sides of God that are too often seen as contradictory.
You’re like starlight in the dark
Endless miles can’t conceal You
Every glimmer is a spark
Catching fire as You break through
Here we see an infinite, transcendent God, bigger than the seemingly endless space, but while some many faiths have a transcendent God, Christianity has a God who transcends all of creation and yet condescends to purse us.
There’s no heart unseen
There’s no space between You and I
You are closer than the very oxygen
I’m breathing in, I breath You in
You are God with us
You are here with us, Emmanuel
You are infinite, You glory has no end
These are the types of songs we should be singing; this is the doctrine we need to be reminded of and be declaring to the world.
God is above all of the problems that ail us, and yet He lowered Himself, taking on those problems and all the suffering they bring so that we might be free to rise above them and embrace life everlasting.
Bethel Musics’s Starlight is a fantastic worship album, and I rate it…
– 5.0 Stars
You can find Starlight in iTunes and other retailers.
A copy of this album was provided to me by the record company in exchange for an honest review, which is what you’ve just finished reading.