Blog – 8-5-15
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. Isaiah 61:1
Last week I wrote about my experience in the studio in Nashville while recording the tracks for my new Christmas CD, “King of Kings.” I was truly overwhelmed by your words of encouragement and the excitement so many of you shared with me. I appreciate the support I received, and I truly value all of you who wrote to me and shared my blog. I love how the momentum continues to grow for this project!
I have felt God’s hand on every CD that I have done, but I have to be honest…it feels much stronger than usual on this one. The verse from Isaiah 61:1 comes to my mind, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” That’s what this project feels like, totally anointed by God.
A synonym for the word anoint is consecrate, which means to devote irrevocably to the worship of God. That hits the nail on the head for me. That’s exactly what I believe this project will do. God deserves our worship above anything else, and it’s my heart’s desire that through the songs we will worship the King of Kings!
As I spent my time alone with God today in solitude and silence, God reminded me that He gave me the title for this CD almost a full year ago. I remember last summer knowing without a doubt that it was going to be called King of Kings and I needed to write a song with that title. I also had a rough idea back then of what the stage would look like for this year’s Christmas show to tie in with the theme (I can’t give away too much yet!) and what the CD itself would look like. It has all been very clear to me for a long time.
As I sat and thought about that, I started marveling at how long God has been working on me and in me, convicting me about this whole project. I have never ever wavered from my resolve of what it needs to be. I then realized that that’s why it feels so anointed.
It’s a good lesson for me…and I hope for you as well. When God is convicting us of something and that conviction doesn’t waver, we need to act on it. Whatever it is God is calling us to do, it is going to be anointed by Him. If the Spirit leads you to it, God will walk you through it!
God also revealed to me that the second part of that verse in Isaiah is so needed right now, “to proclaim good news to the poor.” When Robert, one of the co-writers on “King of Kings,” was listening back to the song in the control room with me, he said something that has remained with me. He said, “Our nation desperately needs this song right now.” I believe he’s right. With all the unrest that is going on around us, we need to be reminded who is ultimately in control…our King of Kings. With the myriad of changes our country is going through and the general sense of anxiety that many of us feel, there’s incredible peace knowing God is still God.
I will be in Nashville again the week of August 17th to sing the vocals. As I sing them, I know that I will be very aware of the anointing on this project and the potential it will have to change lives. I don’t want this to simply be another CD that I put out there because “it’s time” for something new. No, this has way more significance than that. This project has truly been anointed, and I know that God is going to use it to proclaim His truth.
I would appreciate any prayers you would offer up that week as I sing my heart out. My sister, Barb, will be going with me as well to provide those fantastic sibling harmonies, so please lift her up as well.
Thanks again for the love, support and encouragement I feel from all of you. I’d love it if you would continue to share my blog with others too.
As you do life this week, please remember that in the end all is well because the King of Kings still reigns!
Hugs and love,