Staff Picks: Hillsong United “Wonder”

August 31, 2017

Note: Throughout this series one of our staff members will be giving you a recommendation and/or a brief review from the world of music, movies, TV or literature. Hopefully this will serve as a way to see inside the head of our staff members and direct you towards some listening, viewing or reading material for your own personal growth and enjoyment. Today’s post is from our administrative assistant, Emily DiLorenzo.

In the DiLorenzo household, there are two different ways to listen to music. One of us listens to the lyrics first, with music being a close secondary priority, while one of us can’t be bothered to actually decipher what they’re singing, but just cares how it sounds. Finding an album that satisfies each of our picky ears can be tough to come across, but Hillsong United’s latest album “Wonder” did not disappoint.

If you’ve listened to any of United’s previous albums, or enjoy Hillsong Worship, you’ll be happy with the melodic tunes on “Wonder.” Described as “inspirational pop” and “rock-infused” the music side of this album should satisfy most listeners’ ears. But what makes “Wonder” such a stand-out album to me are the powerful lyrics on so many of the tracks. (Oops, looks like you now know who-is-who in the DiLo home!)

Take for example these lyrics from the third track, “So Will I (100 Billion X):”

And as You speak, a hundred billion failures disappear. Where You lost Your life so I could find it here. If You left the grave behind You so will I. I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done. Every part designed in a work of art called love. If You gladly chose surrender so will I. I can see Your heart eight billion different ways. Every precious one a child You died to save. If You gave Your life to love them so will I.

The album is littered with humbling praises reminding us that God is truly worth being in wonder of. Each song encourages you to lift your eyes from the things of this earth, and to simply marvel at the greatness of our God. In comparison to His works, our earthly problems seem trivial.

So whether you’re into music like Drew,  or lyrics like me, Hillsong United’s “Wonder” will check both of the boxes. See for yourself by listening to “So Will I (100 Billion X)” below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLURTvUQoTM