The album Give Us Rest has received nearly universal acclaim.
CCM Magazine, The Christian Manifesto, and Jesus Freak Hideout's Ryan Barbee all gave the album 5 out of 5 stars. Matt Conner of CCM Magazine commented on how the album "starts with footsteps of those walking to church and closes with the familiar hymn 'Because He Lives'", noting that "in between are emotional and musical shifts that rise and fall at all the right times." The Christian Manifesto's Lydia Akinola called the album "a triumphant finish!" She went on to say that the album "is a masterpiece, one that totally eclipses what many thought was possible." Ryan Barbee of Jesus Freak Hideout heaped praise on the album, saying "there is no doubt that they have created something grander and more elaborate than all of their previous releases", and that each track "back[s] up this statement" and that the album "is nothing short of an amazing experience."
Christian Music Zine's Tyler Hess rated the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and gave the band and album praise, commenting that the band "went out without holding anything back, putting an exclamation mark on their career". He noted this album showed "the talent, skill, dedication and hard work put into [it]" and called it "one final masterpiece". Paul S. Ganney of Cross Rhythms rated the album 9 out of 10 squares and described the album as "finish[ing] with a flourish", but advised that the "lyrics tend towards the liturgical" and that he couldn't "see many church choirs managing to tackle them successfully." Ganney noted that each track "follow[s] a well-defined route thematically, but always with the underlying truth: no matter how close to the edge we may sail (and even over it) God can bring us back." Jesus Freak Hideout's Michael Weaver gave the album 4.5 out of 5 and called the album a "masterpiece" but cautioned that the album "just doesn't contain enough sing-a-long type songs to make a very effective worship album", and commented that "a few wasted tracks of noise, filler, or spoken word keep this album from the perfect rating it was so close to."New Release Tuesday's Marcus Hathcock also rated the album 4.5 out of 5, writing that "while you may not resonate with every song on this album, it’s absolutely safe to say that there is something for everyone on Give Us Rest" and that "Crowder has given us a beautiful, long goodbye that'll satisfy us for years to come." Derek Walker of The Phantom Tollbooth rated the album 4.5 out of 5 as well and stressed that we should give "credit to Crowder for stopping the band at the top of its game, rather than clinging on and regurgitating more of the same."
The album was rated 4 out of 5 stars by Allmusic, Christianity Today, Indie Vision Music and Louder Than the Music. Ron Augustine of Christianity Today wrote that the album "sounds exactly as a 'final album' should. It is a Mount Everest of worship rock albums, never to be topped." Indie Vision Music's Joshua Hedlund wrote "they went all out for their last hurrah. There’s something for everyone in this double-disc opus, from corporate worship anthems to personal prayers to instrumental jams spanning a wide range of dynamics." Hedlund wrote that "from the opening chimes to the closing hymns, it's almost too much, and you probably won’t want to listen to all of it all the time, but you'll definitely want to explore it all year long." Jono Davies of Louder Than the Music called the album "a piece of musical art" and "a truly stunning piece of music" that "will be enjoyed by everyone who hears it." At Allmusic, James Christopher Monger wrote that the release "finds the sextet firing on all cylinders, offering up an elaborate two-disc swan song that stays true to their modern worship vision while elevating it to a whole new level." Finally, Monger felt that "one would be hard-pressed to not find something to love here".
Zach of Alpha Omega News graded the album an (A+), and wrote that "Overall, what David Crowder and his band have created here is a fantastic collection of worshipful anthems, each able to stand up on its own, while each having a similarity to the other that never fails to share the love of God with the listener. It is a concept album in a way, if you pay attention to it’s lengthy subtitle and how many of the songs celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Even if the band was never quite your cup of tea in the past, I advise you not to pass up on this album. Not only is it a masterpiece in Christian music alone, but also sure to be the year’s very best." Jeremy Dunn of Gospel Music Channel wrote that the album is "the band's most extensive body of music to date", in which "the listener is taken through the poetic patterns of this time-honored liturgical funeral mass, not for the sole purpose of mourning but also to celebrate what has passed."