One of Michael W. Smith’s strengths is arguably his lyrics. With Stand he continues to write pointed, poignant lyrics with no apologies. On the more upbeat, “In Silence” he sings, Sometimes we’re loudest when the doors are shut and no one can see our face. But it seems we’re quiet when someone needs a touch of grace. And on the melodic, almost hypnotizing “Grace” he cuts to the heart of Jesus sacrifice compared with our suffering (There have been days when I’ve walked away, too much to carry, nothing left to say. Forgive me Lord when I’m weak and lost, You traded heaven for a wooden cross).
The inclusion of an older praise and worship favorite, “Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful” is a nice surprise on the album. The version on the album in very short and does not include the verse that most people might know that goes with it so the song definitely leaves you wanting to hear more.
Smith’s style of music hasn’t changed too much over the past twenty years but his commitment to giving meaning to his music seems to deepen with each of his releases. All in all, Stand seems to be a contemplative look at the Christian life with the title track a proclamation. I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the one who gave it all.... On those days when the sky is gray and it’s cold outside and you would just like to sit at home and ponder life, this is the background music you want.