Behind The Song: “Is He Worthy”

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I’ve been attending a liturgical church for the last several years, and it rings all my word-nerd bells. The language is so beautiful and rich, and every service rehearses the story of salvation, culminating in Communion.

One of the things I love about it is that the congregants are a part of the service. There’s a lot of interaction, not just in the call and response but in the singing and prayer time as well. The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people,” so a liturgical service implies community—not just listening to a pastor (though that happens), but edifying one another by reaffirming what we believe again and again. I wanted to write a song that did the same.

Revelation 5 contains one of the most beautiful and dramatic scenes in scripture, and is centered around the question, “Is anyone worthy?” The resounding answer is, “Yes! And his name is Jesus.” That’s what this whole album is about.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Volume I in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “Is He Worthy” here:

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


3 Comments

  1. Mike Aleckson

    @maleckson

    To me, Andrew, the scene in Revelation 5 is at first starkly counter intuitive, then subtly hopeful and then finally – wildly exciting!

    Throughout my life I’ve tried every means available to avoid judgment (from God or from others).  But here we find John weeping – not because judgment is imminent, but because no one can be found to bring that judgment that will at last bring Justice, an end to Death and to all her ugly cousins.  Now I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat hoping that Jesus will soon open the seals on that great scroll and bring his Kingdom fully to our little world.

    Thank you Andrew – you’ve captured this so perfectly!

    Mike

  2. Dave Licklider

    I have loved this song since I first heard you sing it. I have been hoping to share it with my congregation but need an accompaniment track. I hope you plan to release one soon!

  3. Nancy Morris

    @nancymorris

    Hi, Andrew! I posted this in the visitor comments on your Facebook page, but it looks like maybe you don’t go to that area much. When I first heard this song in April—having never heard you nor heard of you—I listened to it on repeat for a week and a half.  Solid.  Crying most of the time.   I think it is the best worship song written in decades.

    Never, in a million years, would I  have thought there would ever be anyone whose music I love as much as I love Keith Green’s.  From 1985 until three months ago, the only Christian music I listened to was Keith’s and old hymns. He was the only modern Christian artist whose music I loved and found worshipful and inspiring, that drew me closer to God and practically knocked me down with the power of the Holy Spirit. Now there are two of you! And you’re here on earth with us!  It’s so cool to finally have a living Christian artist currently producing amazing music to follow.  Thank you!

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