Setting Scripture to music has become a tremendous joy for me and it is something I desire to do more and more. Each passage presents new challenges and inspires me to create a captivating musical backdrop while faithfully preserving it’s tone and intent. Isaiah 53, a prophecy of the life, suffering, and death of Christ, is very unsettling and causes a consideration of the weight and magnitude of his sacrifice. It is simultaneously beautiful, reminding us of the always and forever love of Christ that purchased the redemption of his people.
On these projects, I’m always grateful to be able to work with new friends with amazing gifts and talents. Jared Haschek is an unbelievably talented composer/arranger/songwriter/musician and is responsible for the string arrangements you’ll hear. To me, they make the listening experience more “cinematic” and bring about another layer of beauty and depth.
I was also privileged to get to work with Jago Silver on the cover art. In addition to many other projects, he is the illustrator for “The Jesus Storybook Bible” (which my family and I read daily). From his initial sketch, he nailed it, drawing from verse 7:
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.”
My prayer is that this project would cause us to reflect on both the tension and the beauty of this passage and that as a result, we would gaze more deeply on Jesus, our Savior.