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Excellence and pure worship pleasure at Michael W Smith concert

 
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MW Smith in concert at Grand West, Cape Town last night. (PHOTO: Facebook/www.lightlounge.co.za)

Reflect the glory of God — This was the message that Michael Whitaker Smith had for fans who attended his concert in Cape Town last night, Thursday, 28 May 2015.

There was a thick air of anticipation before the band hit their first note. The start of the concert had to be delayed for about 20 minutes to allow the crowd to get through the controlled security check points at the main entrance to Grand West, as well as the arena. Eventually, when the sweet sounds of the musical chords of Agnus Dei filled the auditorium, a journey of pure worship pleasure began with Michael not leaving the stage until it ended almost two hours later. The first song he chose to sing was, “Come to the Cross” from his 2006 album, Stand, followed by songs from his other albums, of which there has been a total of about 27.

His testimony
He shared that “Miracle”, which is included on his new album, Sovereign, released in May 2014, was about his testimony. The opening lyrics give some insight into the person he was before coming into a relationship with Jesus, as Lord and Saviour.  It says, “A rebel heart, A restless soul, I lost my sight, I lost control, A cry for hope, Could I be saved, You found a way, Your miracle is burning bright in me…” He also chose, “This is Your Time”, which was inspired by Cassie Bernall, one of the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting, who was shot in the head for answering “yes” to the shooter’s question, “Do you believe in God?”

For Michael, his music is clearly an art but as an artist, he appears to have hit a fine balance between performance and worship, leading his audience into the throne room of grace and worship. The concert was a personification of excellence. At one point, as he sang, “When the music fades and all is stripped away and I simply come longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless Your heart. I’ll bring You more than a song for a song in itself is not what You have required. You search much deeper within through the way things appear, You’re looking into my heart. I’m coming back to the heart of worship and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus…” there seemed to be just the man, his keyboard, and the presence of God smiling down on him.

Our identity in Christ
He told his audience that one turning point that radically changed his approach to worship was when he distinctly heard God saying, “Michael, I not only love you, I am fond of you and want to be your papa, your daddy.” He said he believes that we can never come into the fullness of our potential until we sort out our identity in Christ. We need to know Who lives inside of us. He used his parents as a natural example saying that they have, literally, given themselves away because they know who they are in Christ, children of God, here to reflect His glory, Who He is, adding that his dad, who is currently living with dementia, gave him a picture of the heart of God. His encouragement was, “Stop the gossip. There is no Plan B. We are it. God is on the move.” And his parting words, as always, a blessing: “May He bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace… and FAVOUR!”

 

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Anthea Abraham was radically saved on 16 September 2010 and has a passion for worshipping JESUS CHRIST and telling people about HIS Saving Grace. Professionally, Anthea is a strategic corporate communication and marketing specialist, a published book author, editor and voice over artist with working experience in broadcast and print media, consulting, as well as the NGO, government and corporate sectors. She currently works for a global JSE-listed company and freelances for Gateway News in her spare time.

 

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  1. nathan says:

    Wow true words of encouragement thank you

  2. Christina says:

    Amen to that, as long as you want to sit under Moses who reads the law the veil covers the light of the Truth which is Jesus Christ.2Co 3:14 Their minds, indeed, were closed; and to this very day their minds are covered with the same veil as they read the books of the old covenant. The veil is removed only when a person is joined to Christ.
    2Co 3:15 Even today, whenever they read the Law of Moses, the veil still covers their minds.
    2Co 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the Light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
    2Co 4:5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
    2Co 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ……..When Moses(who represented the Law) and Elijah ( The Prophet who was used to restore people back under the law) appear with Jesus on the mountain. Who dit God said we must listen to?? Luk 9:35 A voice said from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen—listen to him!” Therefore God Himself instructed us to listen to Jesus only, not the law , not the prophets. And to who did Jesus gave the Gospel to??? Paul. Not the Gospel ACCORDING to Matthew, Mark or Luke, but “my Gospel” given to Paul by Jesus Himself…..Huge difference. We living in the Grace period, not the period of the shadows of Jesus to come. But we listen to a mixed Gospel bit law, bit Grace and we never came to the Light of Truth which is Jesus Himself. It is time to know Jesus in us as in Galations and allow Him to life His life in and through us and not NEXT to us.Gal 2:21 I refuse to reject the Grace (Jesus Christ) of God. But if a person is put right with God through the Law, it means that Christ died for nothing!