Release Date: September 18th 2020
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
Chris Renzema – Mercy (Single) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
Chris Renzema was a very good find for me during the year, delivering what I reckon is going to be perhaps one of 2020’s most underrated. It came out of left-field for me, and now stands for me, one of my top five albums of 2020. You can read my review of the album here, and be sure to check out the album Let The Ground Rest whenever you have a chance- especially the standout songs like ‘Springtime’, ‘God is Love’ and ‘Steal Back Your Joy’. Now, a few months removed from his 2020 album release, we see Chris invite us into another song, this time a new one with ‘Mercy’.
‘Mercy’ wasn’t present on his 2020 album, but it is indeed a song poignant and heartfelt, special and personal to Chris as he states right from the outset, that ‘…the rejects, the dropouts, those used to being passed by, the addicts the burned out, who’ve lost their way so many times, there’s room at His table for you, there’s room at His table for you…’, a reminder that we are all welcome at the table of God. While the song itself was written years before his music career ever began, it has been only recently that Chris recorded the song, to be now the first song from Chris’s forthcoming EP, Let the Ground Rest- B Sides, being unveiled to us in January 2021. A song that encapsulates the Father heart of God within the 2 and a half minutes, we are nevertheless reminded that we don’t have to clean up our act before we come to the table of God, that His mercies are new continuously every day, and that all we have to do, is just show up. Grace upon grace given to us in circumstances where we can often think that we deserve none, ‘Mercy’ is an acoustic, yet equally profound and emotional song, one that we need right now during this time of worry and uncertainty, in a COVID-19 world. Well done Chris for such a powerful song, this is a must-have if you enjoy folk music, acoustic music, and everything else in between. Here’s hoping Chris himself follows along in Andrew Peterson’s footsteps and create music in a similar way to him, as the months and years continue to progress!
RIYL: Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Jars Of Clay, Tenth Avenue North, needtobreathe, Cody Carnes