Reader-Submitted Review: Hallelujah Here Below by Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship’s album Hallelujah Here Below, released on September 28, features collaborations with Tauren Wells and Israel Houghton. It is a musical offering of honest and raw praise. The band, which has penned songs like “O Come to the Altar” and “Resurrecting,” drew inspiration for the record’s title track from Exodus 20:25, where God commands the Israelites to build an altar from imperfect stones.

“We can offer a broken hallelujah, [and] it doesn’t need to be a perfect or cleaned-up hallelujah,” the band said on the RELEVANT podcast. “But we bring our honesty, and he meets us there, and he’s pleased with that offering.”

The record also utters a confident realization of God’s presence in times past and present. “The Lord is in this place,” Jacob’s epiphany in Genesis 28, is a line in “Here Again,” and is a theme that anchors the record. Listeners are reminded of God’s rescuing hand in seasons of fire (“Faithful”), and sovereignty in all eras of history (“Still God”). (Elevation Worship Records)

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