Aaron Shust "Morning Rises"
by Andrew Funderburk (cmaddict.com) on 2013-07-11 15:26:14

Our hope becomes so much more apparent in dark times. Through difficulties, we can look at them and either view them as simply terrible things, or lean on the One who holds it altogether and Who is still the firm foundation for our lives when everything feels like an 8.0 earthquake. When the morning rises, it is seen so much brighter in the midst of trials. God is still good. This is the recurring story of so many Psalms King David wrote, and if the Psalms were being compiled today, the psalms of Aaron Shust would be a must for being included.

The Shust family has had their own share of tumultuous times this year with two of their children being in and out of the hospitals; yet, in the middle of the tumult, miracles happened. God revealed His hand. These life experiences for Aaron have brought forth Morning Rises. This collection of music brings forth poignant lyrics from his heart. Poignant yet wholly founded on our foundation of hope: Jesus. From dark hospital days have come melodies of joy.

Trusting the Father and Him being our firm foundation is a consistent theme throughout Morning Rises. Through so many lyrics, it’s like hearing a revelation of how safe we are in Jesus’ arms.

“In every high and stormy gale/My anchor holds within the vale…Christ the Lord/Cornerstone/Weak made strong in the Savior’s love/Through the storm He is Lord/Lord of all” –Cornerstone

“Savior- In You our future is secure/And by Your power- We will not be shaken/We will not be silent/Sin is powerless/God is for us” –God is for Us

“For the One who holds tomorrow/Holds me in His hand/And I will not fear the future/I trust the Great I AM- Who has been and always will be reigning on His throne/For the One who holds me in His hand is the One who holds it all” –The One

On top of Jesus being our unshakable foundation, another theme recurring was how He is a refuge.

“He won’t abandon/He won’t deceive/He won’t desert us/He won’t ever leave…He won’t ever run- A mighty fortress is our God/A tower of strength never failing/The name of Jesus true and strong…You are good Mighty Fortress” –Mighty Fortress

“And though sorrow and trouble ‘round me rage/He will be my refuge in the flame- Oh, how firm a foundation/What comfort and peace/I am found in the arms of Jesus Christ my King” –Firm Foundation

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring…the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit…” (Isaiah 61:1a and 3b). This is the verse that came to mind when listening to this album. You can feel the garment of praise Aaron has “clothed” himself in every lyric penned. Through everything that felt like ashes, beauty has come. It is obvious this comes from a true heart of worship and not just trying to write lyrics in order to sell another record. It’s simply passionate! You don’t want to miss the Morning Rises.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Pop / Worship
Label: Centricity Music
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

1. Morning Rises 0:32
2. God Of Brilliant Lights 3:40
3. Cornerstone 3:45
4. Rushing Waters 5:01
5. God Is For Us 3:52
6. Great Is The Chorus 4:16
7. No One Higher 4:31
8. Deliver Me 3:33
9. The One 4:43
10. Mighty Fortress 3:52
11. Satisfy 4:44
12. Firm Foundation 2:51

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