February/March 2016 - Vol. 84

Praise the Lord, All Nations music album
The Light Shines In the Darkness
a worship song by Joseph Mathias

Click to listen to an mp3 audio clip of the song

(c) Joseph Mathias
Album title: Praise the Lord, All Nations
Produced by The Servants of the Word

The song, The Light Shines in the Darkness, is the lead song for the album, Praise the Lord, All Nations. The main theme of the album is Christ as the Light to the Nations. Light is a symbol of the knowledge of God, which is brought to us in Jesus his Son. Our goal in University Christian Outreach is to bring people to this knowledge of God, which draws them out of futility into purpose and hope. These songs anticipate the day when the people of every nation will come to know the Lord, and find their fulfilment and hope in him. 

Joseph describes how the album of worship songs came about: The songs on this album were written for use during times of worship and praise in our campus ministry and life together in Christian community. In arranging them with a group of musicians and singers, we sought a predominantly acoustic aesthetic, with parts that were beautiful without being self-consciously ornate - the goal being not to draw attention to the music itself, but to the Lord to whom it is offered. We hope you enjoy listening to them; but even more, that they will help and inspire you to pray and worship the Lord with joy and thanksgiving. 

If you would like to view the album and to purchase of copy for download visit the online site Praise the Lord, All Nations. You can also purchase the music CD from Tabor House. Sheet music for “Praise the Lord All Nations” is available as PDF.

Joseph Mathias is a gifted song writer and musician. He studied music composition at Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated with a degree in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 2007. Joseph is a member of the Servants of the Word, an international, ecumenical brotherhood of men living single for the Lord. He serves full time in University Christian Outreach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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