Praise is Akin to Prayer 

 
 
 

God does not recognize dumb children, as far as experience in His truth is concerned. Faith is an active, working power. The newborn faith in Christ is revealed by prayer and praise.”  {BTS Jan. 1, 1905.}

Really early in my Adventist experience I learned to play guitar. This was nothing short of a miracle because ever since I was young I wanted to learn to take on either piano or guitar.  I had always felt intimidated by looking at the keys of a piano or fret board. I believed, “I could never do that!”  But the Lord “giveth more grace” and in His Providence He opened the door to discover a talent I never knew I had or even thought possible. The gift was not only in taking on guitar in tributes and praise to Him, but also with an acumen for writing songs. 
 
“Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. I will also praise thee with the psaltery, [even] thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.  My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.”  Psalms 71:21-23. 
 
I wish I could say I had constantly used the gift of music to praise the Lord only, however, there was a season of time when I wrote and played songs about my life experiences.  At one time I was even convinced that I might have a prospect of a professional music career as a songwriter. Songs had gotten many comparisons to great names in folk, country, and bluegrass. There was certainly some amazing talent I had been privileged to play with along the way, but when the reality of a music career presented itself, the Lord struck it down. After suffering a back injury, I came face to face with the reality of what a music career would mean for me if I took it.
 
Then I had the experience of running into some “vagabond Christians” as they called themselves. They told me of a man who had joined with them and had been very well recognized in the fashion industry. They explained how he had taken all his art and destroyed it and dedicated his talents entirely to the Lord.  They shared, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”  I Cor. 3:18. They asked me, “How can any man take the gifts God has given them to bring praise to themselves when all praise should go to God who gave it?”
 
The testimony deeply impacted me, inducing me to think in earnest about any intentions, I might have around music as an art.  I realized that even if the songs I had written were not bad per se, and even though they were worthy of contemplation, in the final stage, they would bring glory to me and not my Creator.  After serious consideration, I was led to realize the same choice. I deleted all my art and dedicated my talent of music solely to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was by no means an easy decision. It was like a part of me being torn away, but it had to be done. Today I am grateful I did precisely that and pray this testimony might help others make sole commitments to our Lord and Savior.
 
The music you will hear on this web site is from a heart that loves the Lord and is willing to make a sacrifice for His honor. It is my earnest desire that it will be a blessing to you. Please feel free to share this music wherever and with whomever you can.  “Freely ye have received, feely give.”  Matt. 10:8
 
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.  Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”  Psalms 150.

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