The first time I heard Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s Pour it Out, my first thought was, this feels like a hug from Jesus conveyed to the world through Tasha’s voice and I bet you’d agree with me on the fact that we all could use that hug in capricious times like this. I hadn’t even gone halfway through the song when I came to this conclusion. I shared the thought on my Instagram story and later on decided to do a review here on the blog.
Pour it Out is the thirteenth track on Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s latest album, Royalty: live at Ryman. For all those who love live recordings because the ambience and energy, this will tick. The track is starred on Apple Music.
Anyone familiar with Tasha Cobbs’ music knows that most of her songs come with the power in her vocals. However, the first thing that caught my attention when I listened to Pour it Out was the soft tone she started with. It almost felt like a gentle beckon. Of course, along the line, like it’s typical, the fierceness in her voice came with its power to evoke goosebumps. The next thing that made me know this song was heartfelt was the lyrics. The first line goes:
♪ Heaven smiles upon your broken worship,
Pour it out… ♪♪
Such poignant depth that easily clinches one’s attention.
Pour it Out isn’t just the song that titillates the emotions and does nothing else, it knocks down a strong message of God’s presence in spite of pain and affirms that the experiences and pain of the believer are valid. It also calls the heart of the listener to a place of brokenness and vulnerability with the father. The song spurs the listeners to throw off whatever restraint might be holding them back and bare their hearts to Jesus. This is the song you want on your playlist when you’re down. This tender reminder of Jesus’ nearness is something we all need every now and again cos really, life could get really overwhelming at times.
In the lyrics of the song, I see an exchange, a transactional pouring out. Where we pour out our fears, pain, pride and let God pour out his love and peace and grace, for as a line in the song goes, ♪ The father’s love will never leave you empty. ♪♪
The song is also scripturally sound and listening to it brought a verse to my mind. Psalm 34: 18 “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
Have you heard the song? What are your thoughts? Which other gospel song will you recommend for someone who’s caught in the woods? I’ll love to hear from you in the comment section. Till I meet you with another review, stay blessed.