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Top of the Charts - May 8

Each week I examine the song at the top of the CMCentral charts . Since last week’s song, Dare You To Move by Switchfoot has not budged from the number one spot, this week we will look at the number two song which is More by Matthew West.

Take a look at the mountain
Stretching a mile high
Take a look at the ocean
Far as your eye can see
And think of Me

Take a look at the desert
Do you feel like a grain of sand?
I am with you wherever
Where you go is where I am

And I’m always thinking of you
Take a look around you
I’m spelling it out one by one

(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I’ll say it again and again
I love you more

Just a face in the city
Just a tear on a crowded street
But you are one in a million
And you belong to Me

And I want you to know
That I’m not letting go
Even when you come undone
(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I’ll say it again and again
I love you more

Shine for Me
Shine for Me
Shine on, shine on
Shine for Me

(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I’ll say it again and again
I love you more

West has been playing on college campuses for years and has gathered quite a following. Based on his popularity he was given a cooperative record deal between Sparrow Records and Universal South. Universal South is providing mainstream distribution and Sparrow distribution within the Christian market. Unfortunately it seems that neither one is able to ship the album to Canada so it has to be ordered from an American company.

More is a song that expresses the amazing love God has for us. God loves us more than anything else in creation and His love for us is the same yesterday, today and forever. Though in comparison to many other parts of creation we seem so small – we may feel like mere grains of sand in the midst of a desert – God values us more highly than anything else He made.

Though written in a slightly generic way (West uses pronouns instead of the word God, for example) the lyrics are very obviously directed at God and there is no way this could be mistaken for a song directed at anyone other than Him. The point of the song is clear: Though at times we may lose site of this fact, God loves us always and forever. His love is greater than our fears, our humanity and our sinfulness.