When you sing, do you ever think about its profound effects on how we think and speak? If we are singing songs that are girded with heaven and eternity in mind, it enables us to lift our eyes to the one who is everlasting.
On the first day of Sing! Conference 2019, John Lennox, a mathematician from Oxford University and Kristyn Getty’s uncle, came and spoke to us regarding “The Life of Christ: Incarnation” from John 1:1-5. Lennox explained that before the universe came to be, the Word was within God and in that, they have a relationship. Humans were created to be incorporated into this relationship. God was not lonely and the Trinity never needed mankind to have fellowship, yet in His grace, God spoke the universe into existence and all things came to be through Him.
"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." - Revelation 4:11
We exist because God wanted us TO BE and he knows us in intimate detail. Through his creation and works, we become part of His family.
At the conference, we had opportunities to attend break out sessions (topic-based equipping classes). One of the sessions I attended was “Crafting Timeless Lyrics” with singer/songwriter Stuart Townend. During the session, he taught us not only how to creatively write poetry and hymns, but also exhorted us to be mindful of the songs we choose/expose ourselves to. Every song we listen to should have theology because these songs help remind us and fill our thoughts with biblical truths. Keith Getty facilitated another break out session about worship in the home for families with children. He explained the importance of exposing hymns to children at an early age by meditating on and teaching the same song every night for a month. Each night, the Gettys try to set aside time to deconstruct the hymns with their girls so that their children can understand the theology of these hymns. This method ensures that our children will be equipped with strong theology and when they grow up, they will hold onto God’s word in their hearts.
John Piper was one of the keynote speakers at the conference and gave a sermon exhorting us to respond like Paul and Silas (Acts 16:22-26). It was midnight, they had just been severely beaten with no chance of a trial, deep in the darkest part of jail, and feet fastened in stocks. Piper asked us, “What will enable us to sing while we are in suffering? Are our responses to suffering one of joy?” And he said, “We must have hope in the resurrection.” Through the suffering and afflictions, Paul and Silas sang hymns that they memorized by heart in order to give praise to the One that provides true peace and comfort.
One of the highlights of the Sing! 2019 conference was attending Bridgestone Nashville Concert where Keith and Kristyn Getty led worship for over 13,000 attendees - the biggest concert they have ever hosted!! The closing song was “Holy, Holy, Holy” sung in acapella and all four parts of the harmony could be distinctly heard. It was so beautiful and the energy was palpable, giving us a glimpse of what heaven will be like when we finally meet our Heavenly Father face to face.
Thank you so much for all your prayers. If you haven’t had a chance, make sure you also read Jonathan’s blog from Sing! 2019 Conference as well. Lastly, I highly recommend this conference so please consider going next year!
In His love,