|Elevation Worship's highly anticipated album has arrived! Grave Into Gardens features previously released songs "My Testimony", "RATTLE!" and "The Blessing", and also includes new anthems "Available", "Authority", and "There Is A King." Click the link below to read an exclusive guest blog post from worship leaders Tiffany Hammer and Chris Brown. They share song stories of five new songs from Graves Into Gardens.
"RATTLE!" was written during this Covid-19 crisis and quarantine, and with all of us experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions daily and being pent up inside, this song came out like a RELEASE!! One big shout: “Open the grave! I’m coming out! I’m gonna live again!" Right now, a lot of us are having to bury certain expectations of what we thought this year would look like because of the Corona virus. But our faith in Jesus is built on the foundation that resurrection is possible! And RATTLE! is about making a sound - the sound of resurrection. It’s suppose to make you FEEL something. It’s suppose to get your heart racing with Ezekiel-like expectation. It’s suppose to get your faith stirred enough to begin prophesying to every dead area of your life that needs resurrecting in Jesus’ Name. To tell those dry bones to hear the word of the Lord! Marriage: LIVE! Business: LIVE! Dreams: LIVE! Church: Live!
One of the most powerful weapons we have as believers is our testimony. Rev 12:11 says “we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.” What God has done for us is critical for us to remember. And I love how the congregational and testimonial Psalms 124 puts it: “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, let Israel say, if it had not been for the Lord who was on our side....the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away… but praise be to the Lord. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” David is teaching us in this psalm to remember. And to recite and testify to the goodness of God and the victories He’s won for us.The song “My Testimony” is an anchor and reminder of all God’s done and all he’s got in store...and so if we’ve still go breath in our lungs, then He’s still got a plan for us and we’ve still got a reason to give him our worship.
GRAVES INTO GARDENS:
"Graves Into Gardens" is a testimony song to the power and authority of our God. It’s a song that very confidently declares how faithful He is to each of us. There’s moments we can all experience in life where we find ourselves having a funeral for dreams that we once really believed in. Times when the loss of a close relationship knocks the breath out of us and suddenly we feel like we’re staring at a hopeless situation - but this is where our God steps in to demonstrate his authority over it all…and He specializes in turning things around. He specializes in resurrection. He’s the only one who can make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. He’s the only one that can turn our mourning into dancing. Give us beauty in exchange for ashes. And he can even take a grave and turn it into a garden. We hope this song stirs your faith to believe that God’s purpose will prevail and remind you that his love endures forever and his faithfulness continues through all generations.
"Available" is one of those songs that you can't just sing with your lips and not embrace with your heart. It's a song that causes you to be in a posture of saying YES to God. 1 Samuel 3:4, says "Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am." It's as simple as that. God calls, we respond. I have found that there is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than saying yes to God. There is no higher calling than being available to whatever God has for us. We pray that as you hear the voice of the Lord calling to you, you find the joy in responding, "HERE I AM."
"The Blessing" is a reminder that the word the Lord has spoken over us cannot be stopped by anything. That in fact, the blessing of God lasts through our lifetime and a thousand generations after that. The first time I heard this song, tears flooded my eyes, as I realized that God wanted to remind his people that there is no global crisis or hopeless situation that would out-rule the blessing of God. His presence goes before you, stands behind you and beside you, lives within you and is with you always. God is FOR YOU. And if God is for you, then what could ever be against you. I pray you are filled with hope as you are reminded of the promise of God spoken over your life, and your children, and their children.