Grammy and GMA Dove award-winning worship leader Chris Tomlin is based out of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia and has lead worship at Passion ministry events. Whether you realize it or not, Chris Tomlin’s songs have probably been on your lips and lyrics to his songs in your heart during worship. With praise songs like “How Great Is Our God,” “I Will Rise” or “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” Tomlin continues to both pen and sing worshipful lyrics that fill auditoriums with praise.
Burning Lights, which includes slightly revised versions of previously recorded songs from his live Passion: White Flag album, is Chris Tomlin’s seventh studio album. The album opens with a short captivating musical intro of the title song, “Burning Lights” and concludes with lyrics in “Shepherd Boy” that sing of those same burning lights.
Tomlin’s desire was to keep the music simple and avoid a sound of being over produced. At the same time, the album keeps some good, fun energetic tunes, along with beautiful praise.
His ultimate desire is to put out a production that draws church groups into the heart and beauty of worship. With lyrics like those found in “Whom Shall I Fear,” “Jesus, Son of God” or “Thank You for Saving Me,” it appears he accomplished his goal.
The title song and album name came out of a realization that just because he’s a worship leader on stage, it doesn’t mean that he has it all together. His desire is to find himself, like the psalmist David.
Long before David was crowned king, he was singing and writing songs to worship his God while watching over his little flock of sheep. Chris Tomlin longs for the humility of that shepherd boy. He just wants to sing to a “choir of burning lights” like David sang under the shining stars to ultimately receive the light of God, who is the Light.
Burning Lights is a 12-track album with the title song on the No. 1 track:
1. Burning Lights
2. Awake My Soul (with LeCrae)
3. Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)
4. Lay Me Down
5. God’s Great Dance Floor
6. White Flag
7. Crown Him (Majesty) (with Kari Jobe)
8. Jesus, Son of God (with Christy Nockels)
10. Countless Wonders
11. Thank You God For Saving Me (with Phil Wickham)
12. Shepherd Boy
“Awake My Soul” speaks of the breath of God making believers alive, like the dry bones described in Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, and an exceeding great army. —Ezekiel 37:10, KJV
“Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” speaks of God’s power, worthy of reverent fear and trust as found in the words of the psalmist.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? —Psalms 27:1, KJV
“Lay Me Down” is a happy-sounding song of sacrifice followed by an on-your-feet “God’s Great Dance Floor” that begins with a slow, thoughtful feel and then cranks into an upbeat song complete with a clapping beat and lyrics of a God who never gives up on those he loves.
“White Flag” is a song of surrender and redemption. “Crown Him (Majesty)” is a remake of a traditional hymn. “Jesus, Son of God” slows it down with pure worship telling of Jesus and His perfect sacrifice. “Sovereign” is another soft melodic sound with lyrics speaking of God’s sovereignty and trustworthiness. “Countless Wonders” is complete praise to God. “Thank You God For Saving Me” is sung with acoustic guitar.
“Shepherd Boy” is the reprise that contains the lyrics to the title, “Burning Lights.” It is a beautiful song of the cry of a mere shepherd boy who sees the burning lights of love breaking through.
Ed Cash, Dan Muckala and Jason Ingram produced this album that was released January 8, 2013 under Sixstepsrecords. “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” was released as a single in November, 2012.