My point is not to review the album, but to point you in the direction of the first track, “From the Depths of Woe.” I’ve written previously about my affinity for Psalm 130, and linked to a very early demo recording of this song in that old post. With lyrics by Martin Luther (based on Psalm 130), and vocals by Andrew Osenga and Emily Deloach, this new recording is arguably the best Indelible Grace song ever. I’m not exaggerating; it’s incredible.
You can listen to all of it in its seven minute glory here, (along with the rest of the album) and follow along with Luther’s words below. Then go buy the album, a steal at only $9.99!
From the depths of woe I raise to Thee, a voice of lamentation.
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me, and hear my supplication.
If thou iniquities dost mark, our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?
To wash away the crimson stain, grace, grace alone availeth.
Our works, alas! are all in vain; in much the best life faileth.
No man can glory in Thy sight, all must alike confess Thy might,
And live alone by mercy.
Therefore my trust is in the Lord, and not in mine own merit.
On Him my soul shall rest, His word upholds my fainting spirit.
His promised mercy is my fort, my comfort, and my sweet support.
I wait for it with patience.
What though I wait the live-long night, and ’til the dawn appeareth,
My heart still trusteth in His might, it doubteth not nor feareth.
Do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed, ye of the Spirit born indeed,
And wait ’til God appeareth.
Though great our sins and sore our woes, His grace much more aboundeth.
His helping love no limit knows, our upmost need it soundeth.
Our Shepherd good and true is He, who will at last His Israel free,
From all their sin and sorrow.
Indelible Grace released their sixth roman-numeraled studio album (and eighth overall) yesterday, Joy Beyond the Sorrow. It features many regular artists, including my favorites Andrew Osenga, Sandra McCracken, Jeremy Casella, Matthew Smith, and the return of Derek Webb. Unfortunately, this is the first Indelible Grace album that Matthew Perryman Jones is not on.