I grew up in a family that oozes music. My Mom and siblings sing and most play various instruments. Even Dad, who claimed he couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, had a beautiful singing voice. I was the exception. The only keyboard I can play is the one I’m typing on. It took a while, but I finally discovered my own unique musical talent.
I am the audience! I offer enthusiastic applause. I clap and dance in my seat as I watch and listen to the artistry of the performance. I sing along when my voice can blend with many others. My talent is appreciation!
Here is a link to a free download of a song written and performed by Amber and Ewald and their band made up of her brothers. Their song was featured as the anthem for a multi-national Global Prayer Conference recently held at Krakow, Poland. It’s called “Standing with Israel.”
And here is an excerpt I wrote about them from my book REFLECTIONS OF A MISFIT.
Our gifted niece Amber grew up in a musical family. My brother Dan’s band played our high school dances, and he and his guitar were inseparable. When he married, he and his wife Cindy had six children. Each of them learned to play an instrument or two, sang, and learned the mechanics of setting up a sound system, a stage, and recording their music. They made some wonderful CD’s as a family, and have led worship in many different venues.
Amber and her husband Ewald have produced a CD with music they wrote and performed together. She plays keyboard and he, a master guitarist, gives his guitar voice. They both sing to honor and worship the Lord.
God gave her a dream that they would one day praise God in front of a vast audience. She’s concerned that the dream is of her own making, and that her desire to fulfill it comes from pride. It seems God might have a different view.
“Good people, cheer God! Right-living people sound best when praising. Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs! Play praise on a grand piano! Invent your own new song to him; give him a trumpet fanfare.” (Psalm 33:1-3)
It sounds to me as if King David was speaking directly to her! Guitar, piano, writing your own song – it’s all there. She and her husband are following God’s directions. Wouldn’t it be more prideful to refuse to use the gifts God gave them? His people need worship leaders!
“Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.” (Psalm 34:9)
If God gave her that dream of leading the worship of multitudes, he will fulfill it. When it happens, I want to be in the audience to fully participate in cheering God. I can hardly wait!
It seems as if God is already fulfilling her dream with this song.