King David opens Psalm 8 by singing, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.” One dictionary describes the word majestic as “having or showing impressive beauty or dignity”. David is marveling at the created order, attributing its magnificence to God alone, in awe that God would even think about us, even still give us charge over His creation. David concludes that the very name of God has impressive beauty and dignity.
The title “King of kings” has been used since the 13th century BC when an Assyrian first gave himself the name. In the book of Ezra, Artaxerxes refers to himself as king of kings and both Ezekiel and Daniel refer to Nebuchadnezzar as the same. Monarchs throughout history have adopted it to indicate their supremacy over all subject kings beneath them. Even as recently as 2008, over 200 African tribal kings bestowed Muammar Gaddafi with this title.
We’ve all heard people say self-important, cocky things. Consider when Paul McCartney said, “A hundred years from now, people will listen to the Beatles the same way we listen to Mozart” or when singer Kanye West said, “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it”. Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mohammed Ali was apparently full of confidence: “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round.” Another Ali quote: “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” Granted, Ali also admitted, “I don’t always know what I’m talking about…but I know I’m right.”
I’m excited to announce I’ll be taking my Unto Us Christmas concert on tour again this December and I want you to be on stage with us! If you live in or near the cities in our expanding list below*, and either play an orchestral instrument or love to sing choral music, WE WANT YOU to be a part of the 2015 Unto Us Tour! The goal is to fill these stages with people from all over your community, from different backgrounds, cultures and denominations, to celebrate the birth of our One Savior, Jesus Christ together!!!
I own a house. It’s a good house, a strong house. But I did not build my house. Someone else built it and did a brilliant job of it, as I’ve been repeatedly reminded by contractors, “This is a very well built house!” But I can take no credit for it. When my family and I walk around inside, we don’t fear falling through the floors, the structure is secure. Even during last night’s storm, when warnings of inch sized hail and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour were popping up on my phone, our concern wasn’t raised because, praise God, we have a strong house.
My favorite line in this song is in the chorus: “Death and Hell call Him Victorious”. While I knew that Death and Hell would be a horrible title for an album, I was really close to naming the entire album Call Him Victorious! It’s quite honestly the perfect summary for the entire project. (Read my Doxology Overview Blog about the coronation of King Jesus and the afterparty!) But alas, Doxology “fought for the title and claimed it” (…a foreshadow of yet another new lyric)
There’s a strong chance the words it is finished conjure up an image in your mind of Jesus on the cross, mustering up just enough energy for one last sentence before He bows His head and gives up His spirit. Before He breathes His last breath. They may take you back to a solemn Good Friday service, a quiet occasion where communion is shared and tears are shed recalling our Savior’s incalculable sacrifice. When I was young, I believed those words only indicated the end of Jesus’ time on the cross, or even His time walking the earth, wrapped in human flesh. That could give us some sense of relief, as if a loved one who had fought cancer for so many brutal years, were to finally slip into the eternal rest of their Father’s arms. But His words carry much more weight and they give us a reason to celebrate.
Aaron Shust will be performing at the Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference in Muskegon, Michigan on August 1st. Let us know you’re coming! Click here for more information!
In the middle of a thunderstorm in East Tennessee with tornado warnings popping up on our phones, Always Will Be was born in a windowless room, where Benji Cowart, BJ Putnam and I felt safe to keep writing. Hanging on the wall of our over air-conditioned room was a framed picture of Francis of Assisi’s Prayer, “Lord make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred let me show love…”, a beautiful prayer I always thought would be great fodder for a song of worship. So our first verse begins, “where there is heartache / where there is hatred / where there is suffering / You are there / where I was wounded / where I was weeping / where I was weakest / You were there.”
Aaron Shust is being featured in Worship Together Magazine the week of the release of his album “Doxology”, coming August 28th! He is currently recording “How To” videos for his upcoming album. Stay tuned for updates!
Dove Award-winning artist Aaron Shust will release his new studio album for Centricity Music, Doxology, Friday, August 28th! The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by the David Crowder Band’s renowned drummer, Christian Paschall. The record contains 10 new songs, with eight that were co-written by Shust, including “Nothing More” that features labelmate, Lauren Daigle. The album delivers Shust’s signature style of corporate worship in a festive and celebratory frame that honors the good news of the risen Christ. The project will be available at all online music outlets.