Personal— On 1-11-00, Jesus set me free from the deepest of darkness, addiction, bondage and sin. As I surrendered my life to Him, I was born again in His power, mercy and grace. His love has consumed me and compels me to no longer live for myself but for the One who died and rose again on my behalf. I love Him. And even in my imperfection and failures, I know He is with me and in me. His Holy Spirit draws me to continually seek Him, worship Him, and serve Him. Because I know who I am without Christ I cannot help but give God all the glory and due recognition for anything I have accomplished.
The Calling— Despite not having a degree, I was invited in 2010 to join the teaching faculty of the Cornell Dept. of Music. It was obvious to me that, like King David, God had established me for the sake of His people. On a stone bench in front of Day Hall, I surrendered fully to God’s call and agenda. This led to the start of our Thursday night Worship Workshop and eventually the annual Worthy concerts. God has continued to confirm His call by opening every door and providing all provision. It’s been exciting to see God move here in such wonderful and powerful ways!
God’s Heart— I saw something in God’s heart. Just as He desires that I love Him with a single heart, mind, soul and spirit, His ultimate pursuit is a Church—a glorious Bride—coming together in unity with one accord, one voice and one heart in love. This happens when we place our focus solely on Him, when we worship Him, and when we stand shoulder-to-shoulder beholding our bleeding Savior. Seeing this desire in my Father’s heart has stirred me to pursue the ‘heavenly vision’ of an extravagance in worship for the One who is Worthy.
Worship— Worship is the one thing we do that is for God alone. As I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness with a worshipful heart all other things become an act of love rather than duty—bible study, prayer, walking in obedience, leading people to Christ. All flows out of worship and relationship. Our Father seeks worshipers who worship in spirit and truth because He knows we become what we worship. He has clearly revealed in His Word that God pours out His blessing when we place the 1st Commandment first—“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”—whether individually or corporately.
Come! Let us bow down and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Thursday December 26, 2019
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)