These songs have been written to do one thing--lead worship. I am a worship leader by design and by vocation, it is what I do. My personal favorite is the first track, 'Psalm 9'. Before writing this song, I noticed that there seemed to be no songs that coupled God's majesty, God's grace and God's wrath together. As I was reading my Bible I ran across Psalm 9. This is a chapter in Psalms that does exactly that. The chorus says, 'All my enemies, they have to flee before You. All my doubts and fears, they disappear when You shed Your light. With Your mighty hand You route the warring armies; You rebuke the wicked nations and You blot out their names...You review the earth and judge all men with justice; You are listening to the cry of those who are down...O Lord, Most High, I praise.' God is so huge and I wanted to grab as many 'seemingly opposite' characteristics of Him and sing them all at the same time. I am happy to say that the way God has used this music has been beyond my imagination. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to introduce "I Hear the Lord" to the congregation. The lyrics talk about hearing and seeing the Lord at work in our present lives. At one moment in the song, we were singing the words "Surrounded by proof that I cannot deny of a God who exists on His own; He is my King and my heart is His throne and He calls me His child." I noticed that there was a large group of people that gathered at the altar on the far side of the sanctuary. I later found out that a man, who had been a bouncer at one of our local bars, accepted Christ right then! 'I Hear the Lord' is now a congregational favorite and every time we get to those lyrics in the bridge it seems that someone comes to the altar. That is very humbling and I feel very privileged to be used by God in those situations. The song "You Are the Reason for Christmas" has been used in worship services during Advent and Christmas since my wife and I wrote the song in 2008. At first, I thought the lyrics were pretty elementary and that it would serve it's purpose for that year's Advent and that's all. Yet, so many people have said that the words to this song have changed their attitude about Christmas. "Jesus, the Reason for Christmas, You tell us You've come to redeem us and You are the Light, You are the Truth and the Way. Jesus, the Babe, now the Savior, You free us! You are the Reason for Christmas."