“Can you imagine being the center of all this attention?” I asked as we stepped aside to watch the flow of people entering the arena.
My brother shook his head and joined me incredulous awe.
Yet another sunflower-colored poster for the concert we were attending that night caught my eye.
Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake.
Summer Nights of Worship.
Recently I was ultra-blessed to attend the Summer Night of Worship in Fort Worth, Texas, and sat down with a city’s-worth of people to see KB, Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake perform. And I doubt a single person left disappointed.
It was my sister’s birthday, and honestly a scuffle to actually get to the concert, but we made it, and God worked it out. And I know I’m as glad as Rose, because it was awesome.
We arrived early, but finally the lights went dim… and it began.
Christian rapper KB kicked the concert off with a couple songs, including a rowdy ‘Church Clap’ and his wild ‘100’ (an epic song).
Ten thousand people, maybe more, gathered in Dickies Arena that night to hear Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake, but do you know who was center stage and spotlighted the entire time? Jesus.
Phil Wickham sang about heaven in “Hymn of Heaven” and about Christ’s victory in “Battle Belongs”. Brandon Lake exposited the strength of the Lord of Lords in “Count ‘em” and again in “Graves into Gardens” and expressed his thanks to God in “Gratitude”, which brought the arms of ten thousand people into the air while ten thousand tongues sang “hallelujah” to the King.
It was unbelievable.
So many people together, together for Jesus. I can only imagine that it was like heaven.
*Spoiler alert. If there is even a remote chance you’ll attend this concert, don’t read any more.*
After so many songs and a wonderful three hours, the stage went dark and people started filing out.
Sehnsutch (that is a German word C. S. Lewis used to describe an ‘inconsolable longing’) was flowing through my veins like my very blood as I looked wistfully at the stage; the night had been beautiful, but it left a chunk of me missing and I couldn’t figure out why they would leave us in such emotional disrepair.
But I was a fool to underestimate the skill of these artists.
They raced back onstage with one more song, ‘‘People of Heaven’’.
This song encapsulates all the hope we have in Christ and
Sing it with them! All who believe in Jesus are going to LIVE FOREVER! This song makes me want to scream for joy.
GOD HAS MADE A WAY!! HIS CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER! WE ARE FREE, WE ARE HIS, WE ARE GOING TO LIVE FOREVER!! JOY, PEACE, LOVE, LIFE FOREVER BECAUSE OF HIM!
ALL PRAISE BE TO JESUS CHRIST!!