There’s a Louder Shout to Come [Matt Redman]

Urbana 2000.

I’d just turned 39.

My mom had passed away right after Thanksgiving.

I drove my Nissan over to Urbana, Illinois from Indianapolis, Indiana.  I don’t remember where I stayed, but I’m pretty sure it was with Amy from Christ for the City who was there representing that organization. I went looking for a next first step toward serving in global missions somehow, somewhere. And while the time was absolutely significant in that journey — a journey that ultimately lead me to submit my application to Wycliffe Bible Translators in February of 2001 — my Urbana 2000 experience was not about finding the right fit in a mission organization.

It was about me spending time WITH my God. Whenever I started to ask him to listen to my pros and cons lists for an organization or a plan or any other sort of personal agenda for how I was going to serve Him somewhere, somehow, He reminded me that He’d invited me to Urbana to BE WITH HIM. Period.

How gracious of God that the theme of that conference had thousands and thousands of us leaning in to worship together. How beyond gracious of God that this Matt Redman song is the one that we collectively “chose” to be our constant refrain.

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In those day alone with God and together with 18,000 others I learned anew the importance of being WITH my Creator and Lord — that loving Him is more important than doing stuff for Him will or can ever be.

Those days WITH Him rekindled in me a love, an adoration, a longing for greater intimacy that compelled me to listen more attentively and follow more obediently than obligation or even calling might have done.  Moved by a desire to bring God great joy and delight and not out of fear of His displeasure or reprimand, I felt myself being transformed into a kind of shout.

I’d love to say that I reached that pinnacle and continue to enjoy the view from on high — but that would be a terrible lie. My transfiguration did not last. The ebb and flow of my passion is just that — ebb and flow. Up and down. I’m more one tossed by the wind than driven by the steadfast love of God.

I have been thinking about this declaration and worship again — sorting digital files and finding gems like these lyrics along the way — and once again I’m asking God to transform me into a shout, for His greatest glory.

And what a song we’ll sing upon that day.  Amen.

 

There’s a Louder Shout to Come

There is a louder shout to come, there is a sweeter song to hear;

All the nations with one voice, all the people with one fear.

Bowing down before Your throne, every tribe and tongue we’ll be;

All the nations with one voice, all the people with one King.

And what a song we’ll sing upon that day.

O what a song we’ll sing and O what a tune we’ll bear;

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

O what a joy will rise and O what a sound we’ll make.

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

Now we see a part of this, one day we shall see in full

All the nations with one voice, all the people with one love.

No—one else will share Your praise, nothing else can take Your place;

All the nations with one voice, all the people with one Lord.

And what a song we’ll sing upon that day.

O what a song we’ll sing and O what a tune we’ll bear;

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

O what a joy will rise and O what a sound we’ll make.

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

Even now upon the earth there’s a glimpse of all to come;

Many people with one voice, harmony of many tongues.

We will all confess Your name, You will be our only praise;

All the nations with one voice, all the people with one God.

And what a song we’ll sing upon that day.

O what a song we’ll sing and O what a tune we’ll bear;

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

O what a joy will rise and O what a sound we’ll make.

You deserve an anthem of the highest praise.

 

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