In an effort to keep the old theology-rich hymns alive, I pass along this video.
It comes from Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. This is the Norton Hall Band. They have a new album out that can be downloaded from iTunes.
First time I listened, I looked at those young people. I don’t know any of them. Don’t know their struggles or dreams. Don’t know the depth of their devotion or how they’ll serve Jesus in years ahead or what serving may cost them. But as I looked I was reminded that the gospel is held in the good hands of the next generation. As mine passes, the Lord has another he’s raising up to herald his name. Not just at Boyce College or Southern Seminary, but all over the country, all around the world.These young men and women will pay a price to follow Jesus in this darkening world. But they will give themselves to the greatest mission a human can.
Lord Jesus, strengthen and sustain them. Give them hearts of joyous devotion to you. Fill them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Preserve them safe from the work of the evil one. Cause your gospel to flourish through them. As they delight themselves in you, please give them the desires of their hearts. And may they be the means of a greater and greater multitude singing praises to you, our God and King.
I invite you to join me in joyful worship. Turn up the volume. Lift your hands. For the next few moments, forget about everything you have to do, and just stop. Make wherever you are a sanctuary. And sing the praises of our God and King.