A Simple Song

(You may want to pause the blog music in the right column under Music for Dreaming.)

I’m house-sitting this week and as I looked through the CDs by the stereo, I found Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God: The Essential Collection. The liner notes brought tears to my eyes:

It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was sitting on the bed in a small hotel room in Texas having just finished leading a night of worship with students at a camp with a new friend, Louie Giglio. He had been teaching from the book of Revelation, specifically chapter 4. Sitting there with my Bible on the bed strumming my guitar, I began to sing this little melody with the lyrics jumping from the page. Even though it was in the middle of the night, I thought Louie had to hear it, so I knocked on his door, woke him up, and asked if I could come into his room and play this simple song.

I began to sing “we fall down/ we lay our crowns/ at the feet of Jesus…the greatness of / mercy and love/ at the feet of Jesus…and we cry Holy, Holy, Holy/ we cry Holy, Holy, Holy/ we cry Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lamb.”

I’ll never forget Louie’s words: “The whole world is going to sing that song.”  My response was, “Really? I was just hoping we could sing it at camp this week.”

The Youtube recording is from a Passion Worship evening. In it, over a decade later, Chris Tomlin is singing that same song with thousands and then calling a church in Botswana, to sing it with them in their language.

If you hear God calling you, listen.

He may bless the world through your simple song.