Going Deeper with the New Album...


I'm still singing a joyful noise for the Lord (Psalm 100:1)...but I feel God is working a little more out of me...

You might've heard or read early on that for my new album I was throwing around the title idea of "A Joyful Noise."
But I began to go deeper in my songwriting than I had originally planned (But God knew:).
I've been wanting to write a praise and worship album, all fun and upbeat; those songs like you sing in the beginning of your church service that speak of "God is our God forever" and it's a "Happy Day" because God is with us; and those are all great! I wanted to call it “a joyful noise” just because I love that Bible verse that calls us to make that noise (even named this blog after it, relating the posts to the songs of the album by the same name), and I love the imagery as it relates to music and worshiping God. 
But as pen went to paper, and the fingers cried for the piano instead of the guitar, a more solemn, heartfelt worship came out that was less "joyful" per se, and more "prayerful," calling to God and reminding this heart that despite a sinful, broken world and tragedy all around us, God is still God; He's large and in charge, and my heart needed to sing that right now. It's more like worship after a great heartfelt sermon, and the worship leader starts in with Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)." Your heart cries out in THAT kind of joy and longing. I realized the songs I'm writing match that kind of worship.
These new songs represent what I needed to hear from God during life changes, getting older, and my prayerful thoughts as the world deals with tragedy.
It really started with the first song I wrote in the fall of 2017, called, "Triumph and Tragedy."
“God Is My Song," I thought; "A better title that sings my joy in the Lord!"
I just needed to hear these lyrics; I needed to read and believe God’s Word where it says God is here for me (Joshua 1:9); God will pull me out of tragedy, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1-2). God heals what ails me and He still loves me after I’ve messed up (Isaiah 53:4-5; Romans 5:8). God listens when I’m calling out to Him for help. 
BECAUSE OF ALL THAT, I can make a joyful noise. Jesus is my everything; Comforter (John 14:1-4), Counselor (Isa. 9:6), Healer (Matt 14:14), Bridegroom (John 3:29).
Jesus is my Song. My new favorite verse speaks to that: "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." - Psalm 118:14 
I sing to Him and for Him. He makes me strong. My songs sing God’s Word back to Him. True Worship. Like the old hymn, "Blessed Assurance" sings, "This is my story; this is my song; praising my Savior, all the day long."
I hope you will enjoy the new album, "God Is My Song," and that it speaks to you as it has for me while making it.

P.S. The blog name will stay the same:) No matter what I write here, my music, present and future, will always be "a joyful noise" and I pray that it's a "sweet, sweet sound" in the Lord's ear!
Love you all!
Kevin Ray

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