On September 29th, Matt Maher released his latest album titled Echoes. It satisfies and challenges the soul on so many levels. Much of the album focuses on suffering and how our faith manifests in the suffering we will all eventually endure in one form or another. While writing the songs for Echoes, Maher experienced his own grief and heartache when his father passed away. This anguish proved powerful as he began recording the heartfelt songs.
Each song on this album forces the listener to think about pain, suffering, our response to it, and where God is in the midst of it. If we believe God is who He says He is, then we must have a response that indeed Echoes our faith. Maher tackles exactly this in the song “Won’t Let Me Down.” Maher also touches on the need for us to have pure motives and love in “Clean Heart.”
“So many of the hymns that inspired these songs were written by people experiencing their own profound suffering,” explains Maher. “I think the truths that were written so many years ago in these hymns apply to the suffering humanity is going through right now– whether something personal or on a global level with natural disasters, immigration or persecution. How is the church going to respond to this humanitarian crisis? We find ourselves in a season of crisis – a crisis of humanity period.”
This is such a necessary album for the heart. We are promised troubles in this world (John 16;33) and Maher challenges us in our response to it. It is very well done and, as always, the lyrics leave you chewing on them to fully digest all that he conveys. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, do so today! It would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for Matt Maher to write a bad song. Each album is simply perfect and given the personal grief behind this latest album, it is likely that Echoes was just as much for him as it was for us.