On Saturday night, Kirk and I were privileged to see Chris Tomlin in concert with some friends at a local church. Let me tell you, it is one incredible thing to be led in worship by the man who has almost single-handedly changed the face of worship as we know it in the past 10 years.
Oh, and the guy who is credited with the other half of this amazing feat? His name is Matt Redman, and he was there, too.
After starting us off with two high-energy songs -- I think they were "Your Grace Is Enough" and "Glorious" -- Chris greeted the crowd and said this was going to be a night of praise. "Tonight is not about us," he said, with utmost sincerity in his voice. "It's not about you, and it's not about me. It's about worshipping our God and King as the body of Christ, right here together."
Which is exactly what we did. For three full hours. We sang "Indescribable." "How Great Is Our God." "How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise?" "Blessed Be the Name." We sang the very first song he ever wrote, "We Fall Down," which I heard for the first time ever in a chapel during my college years at Biola. And we sang his beautiful rendition of "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" that was released alongside the Wilberforce film earlier this month.
What an amazing privilege it is to sing the praises of our God alongside the physical body of Christ! It is a privilege that is in no way lost on me.