Some deities are just not meant to be softened, declawed, defanged, and repackaged as a gentler, kinder version of themselves.
Who am I kidding? No deity was meant to be robbed of their vicious nature, if they have it. Why would you? If you’re frightened or intimidated or put out by the darker, scary, or unkind deities, don’t paint them over in pastels and sparkles and expect them or their devotees to thank you.
Want a loving, caring and sweet deity? There are those out there that fit that. They still have their protective, harder aspects, but they’re more the bill you want.
“But why do you only talk about their harshness?” Well, perhaps that is what some of us look for, the reason we worship them, perhaps we like this love. The vicious love. The cold burn. It thrills us. The whip crack, the high heel stomp, the domination and subjugation, the unyielding wall, the broken cries, the bruised knees of devotion.
Leave us to our cruel gods, if they are too much for you.
Chris Tomlin! Where to begin!? He rules the CCM charts, the CCLI charts and makes an impressionable stance on the Billboard Charts! His rise to fame came through his anthemic worship song “How Great Is Our God”
Reuben Morgan. One of the original Hillsong worship team members and now spearheads the whole Worship and Creative Arts dept. at Hillsong Church as their Worship Pastor. His worship anthems are timeless and include “I Give You My Heart” “You Are Holy” “My Redeemer Lives” “Mighty To Save” “Your Unfailing Love” “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth” and many MANY more!
Delirious? Were a 5 member worship and CCM band from the U.K. Their worship songs pioneered a new wave with a new sound within the contemporary church worship style. With songs like “Majesty”, “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble”, “History Maker” and “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”
No one leads worship quite like Darlene. Wherever she goes, she carries the annointing of the Spirit with her and people’s lives are changed. Rising to fame after her song “Shout To The Lord” in 1993 became the fastest moving worship song in recorded history amongst worshipping churches.
The runaway best selling praise and worship album of 1996 came from the worship team at Hills. 90s worship all the way! Featuring upbeat praise and adoration-filled worship with the original recordings of “I Give You My Heart” and “I Will Run To You” penned by Reuben Morgan and Darlene Zschech respectively.
All Things Are Possible. Released in July 1997 at the Hillsong Conference in Australia, this album was destined to win from the start. A fantastic album full of powerful praise and intimate worship. This album captures the first and original recordings of some of the most famous church worship songs from Hillsong. Including, All Things Are Possible, Love You So Much, Glory to the King and Can’t Stop Talking.
Ron Kenoly…The godfather of all Gospel praise and worship around the world. Rising to prominence with his hit praise song “Jesus Is Alive” in the mid 80s, Kenoly proved he was a force to be reckoned with! Sing out!
Writing one of THE most well known worship anthems of the 90s…Agnus Dei, Michael W Smith is an absolute premier in the world of worship leading. He is also well known in the CCM and secular music scenes for his 80s and 90s pop/rock albums.