Build Us Back

Know Hope Collective Artist Profile | Biography And Discography | NewReleaseTuesday.com.

The link above is to a short article I came across this morning. I try to keep up with new music (most of which I couldn’t care less about, even in the Christian arena). I’ll be honest and say… I’m not a fan of Audio Adrenaline. But even so, when I saw that the former lead singer of AA just returned from a “departure” of incredible brokenness, it sparked my interest. He lost his “trademark gravelly rock voice” and his 10 year-long marriage after so much “success”.

The theme of this new collective project? Hope in brokenness. Out of his broken vulnerability and transparency, God is using him to cultivate genuine community and authenticity in the Body. This is exactly what the broken Body needs, because there are more broken people experiencing unprecedented brokenness in this generation worldwide. I’m thrilled that God has given this broken man a ready stage to share the message of hope and restoration after the brokenness he’s experienced.

You can preview the album for free if you register with New Release Tuesday, which will keep you up on new Christian music weekly. I would encourage you to buy the album when it comes out, not just because its great music, but because the artist is doing something so out of the Christian cookie-cutter music box, and doing it very vulnerably.

I’m pretty taken with the song I heard today…

Know Hope Collective version of Build Us Back

We’ve been crumbled, we’ve been crushed
City walls have turned to dust
Broken hands and blistered feet
We walk for miles to find relief

When the thief takes
When our hopes cave
You build us back, you build us back
When the earth shakes
When the world breaks
You build us back, you build us back
You build us back, you build us back

We are scared and we are poor
All our safety nets are torn
We’ve been humbled to our knees
From these ruins, we bleed

When the thief takes
When our hopes cave
You build us back, you build us back
When the earth shakes
When the world breaks
You build us back, you build us back
You build us back, you build us back

Redeemer, redeem us!
Restorer, restore us! And build us back!
Though the mountains be shaken
The hills be removed
Your unfailing love remains!
To all that’s been taken, your promise still sacred!
Build us back with precious stones…

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3 Comments

  1. billy said,

    February 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I’m so glad to see this. No pretenses to build our own kingdoms on. Instead, personal connections with God in life’s schoolroom. This is how we- his body- will grow in the knowledge of His true nature, and give the world what its dying for. The living, deeply compassionate and responsive Spirit who loves with a vengeance.

  2. Tammie said,

    February 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Great just great. I muse as in the last year … a word has been whispered… and continues to be verbalized in new ways and whispers… “rebuild”… restore the ancient ruins… GOD can DO this. He wants to … so this song speaks it again. Thanks Stef for sharing 🙂 We serve a God of Hope. Beautiful, Sure, Steady Hope.

  3. April 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    You should write more.
    ~tim


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