"STAND is a call to stand up for what you believe in," says the award-winning singer/songwriter. "It's a call to stand in awe of the One who gave all and to stand outside of the walls of the church rubbing...
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"STAND is a call to stand up for what you believe in," says the award-winning singer/songwriter. "It's a call to stand in awe of the One who gave all and to stand outside of the walls of the church rubbing shoulders with the lost. Together, we stand as followers of Jesus sharing a powerful opportunity: To live as a child of God. "We must live as though we believe we are loved," he says.
Smith releases STAND inspired by experiences culled during extensive international touring last year, as well as lessons at home, including his work as co-pastor of New River Fellowship, a Nashville-area church he helped establish.
"Scripture tells us that as children of God we inherit great things - love, hope, peace - all by God's grace. Long ago people would have said we get to eat at the King's table all the days of our lives. Today, we'd say we are given the power to live with abundant hope.
"But the problem I've seen," Smith continues, "is that the biggest enemy we have as followers of God is that we just don't believe who we are. And I've been right there, too."
"So I'm taking a stand - and I hope others will - to really live what I believe and embrace who I am in Jesus Christ. And then I believe we are called to just get with it. We are called to share our joy by serving the lost. The poor. The sick. The brokenhearted. The least of these. In Christ, we are given the courage and strength to change the world."
Produced by Matt Bronleewe, STAND rallies believers to their feet. While STAND inspires listeners toward a love-centred purpose, the record crescendos by hitting a worshipful attitude along side its central message. The move stands for Smith's belief that in worship believers gain strength for accomplishing God's work, as exemplified in "Be Lifted High" and "Oh Lord You're Beautiful," made popular by the late singer/songwriter Keith Green. In kind, the ballad "Grace" is psalm-like in tone and uplifting in spirit. Written by Martin Smith (Delirious), the song returns thanks to God for blessing us with his empowering spirit in spite of our foolish and fickle ways.
The album draws toward its finale by uniting mission and worship in the simple chorus of the title track, while "Come See" extends an invitation to know grace. "God's arms are open, ready to take you just as you are," Smith says, summarizing the call.
:This album is more than a collection of songs; it is an experience. I would encourage you to listen to it all the way through in one sitting. Hopefully, you will be moved and inspired to step out and take a stand. - Michael W. Smith
1. Cover Me
- 1. Cover MeMichael W. Smith0:59
- 2. Open ArmsMichael W. Smith0:59
- 3. Come To The CrossMichael W. Smith0:59
- 4. How To Say GoodbyeMichael W. Smith0:59
- 5. Be Lifted HighMichael W. Smith0:59
- 6. O Lord, You Are BeautifulMichael W. Smith0:59
- 7. GraceMichael W. Smith0:59
- 8. The StandMichael W. Smith0:59
- 9. Come SeeMichael W. Smith0:59
- 10. In SilenceMichael W. Smith0:59
- 11. Escape Your LoveMichael W. Smith0:59
Michael W. Smith has been a popular figure since his debut in christian music in 1982. Smith has been awarded six Gold records, four consecutive Gold albums, two Grammy awards and six Dove awards. He resides in Nashville with his wife and five children.