As a child in El Paso, TX, I would often spend nights in the desert with my friends, marveling at the countless stars. I enjoyed living in the wonder of all the things I couldn’t grasp or understand about God. Yet it can be easy to lose that wonder as we grow older and life hurls so many things at us.
In my own life, I find that I often get frustrated, filled with questions and doubts about the things I’m unable to understand in the way God moves and works. I also find myself trying to shrink God down to my own size. Yet, why would I worship a God that isn’t above and beyond me?
At the heart of “Living In The Wonder” is a desire to inspire a child-like wonder and renewed reverence for God. I believe one of the most beautiful attributes at the root of a worshiper’s heart is to enjoy everything we can and cannot fathom about God, and to bask in that comfort.
This album has a wide range of styles and expressions of worship. The song, “Someday,” on which I had the honor of co-writing with Andraé Crouch, was born through a writing session where he passingly sang the phrase, “someday it will all be over.” It immediately struck a chord with me, and I started thinking about all the burdens and trials in this life we long to be rid of. I remember singing this song for my mom, and she loved it. Little did I know that less than a year later she would pass, and the second verse would become so true and personal for me: “and at last the bitter taste of death forever will give way to tears of joy and life eternal.”
Our hope of heaven is and should be one of the greatest promises that sustains us during our short time here on earth. There is an element of “old meets new” in this song that makes it so enjoyable to sing. I hope it blesses the listener as much as it has blessed me as I’ve worked on it.
It was also such a joy to work with award-winning producer Ed Cash. It was inspiring to be able to watch him “do his thing” and bring such excellence to the songs on the album. He has become a good friend, and a gift to my life and ministry for which I am grateful.
While so many songs on this album reflect different aspects of our worship, I am praying above all that God will share the secrets of His covenant to many as we trust and worship Him for the greatness of who He is. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 25:14: “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises” (TLB). I love the way The Message says it: “God-friendship is for God-worshipers; they are the ones he confides in” (MSG).
Tommy Walker is a world renowned singer/songwriter best known for his powerful anthems like “He Knows My Name.” “Only a God Like You,” “That’s Why We Praise Him,” “Lord I Believe in You,” “Mourning Into Dancing,” “Break Through,” “We Will Remember,” and “I Have a Hope.” Tommy first heard God’s call into the ministry during a worship service when he was 11 years old. “I heard Him say that He loved me and had a plan for my life,” Tommy recalls. “I received Him into my life and received my calling both in that same moment.” The same year Tommy picked up a guitar and has never put it down. Tommy and his wife Robin have been married for 25 years. They have four children: Jake, Levi, Emmie and Eileen. “I could weep at the blessing God has given me in my family. They love the Lord and are passionate worshipers,” says Tommy, adding that his family is one of his greatest accomplishments.