The Day Theology Became Doxology For Me (Or, how God used the music of Steve Green in my life)

In ten days, our church (Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY) will have the opportunity to host a concert with Christian artist Steve Green. This is a dream come true for me because of the way God used the biblical truths in Steve Green’s music to shape the trajectory of my life.

I remember when I was 19 years old traveling on Northshore Rd. just between Martel Rd. and the brand new 140 that connected Oak Ridge and Alcoa, TN. As I drove it was raining and I was listening to a new cassette tape in my car. It was an album by Steve Green titled “The Mission” and I remember the specific song that I was listening to as I drove on Northshore with water falling from the sky in an afternoon shower into the lakes on both sides of the road.  The song was called “The Symphony of Praise.” This was the moment in my life when theology (the study of God) became doxology (the worship of God).

God was working in my life at that time in a number of ways. It was around this time that I was reading The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, Ashamed of the Gospel and Reckless Faith by John MacArthur, and The Pleasures of God by John Piper. And I was listening to God-centered music with lyrics like these:

The composer and conductor of the universe
Steps before the orchestra of God
Creation lifts their finely crafted instruments
As all in heaven wildly applaud

The seasons well rehearsed begin with His downbeat
And on his cue the sun trumpets the dawn
The whirling winds swell in a mighty crescendo
With each commanding sweep of His baton
The oceans pound the shore in march to His cadence
The galaxies all revolve in cosmic rhyme
The fall of raindrops all in wild syncopation
As lightning strikes and thunder claps in time

The symphony of praise
Conducted by the Ancient of Days
May each creation great or small
Lift their voices one and all
In the symphony of praise

Heaven waits in hushed anticipation
The great I AM then turns to mortal men
A massive chorus robed in spotless garments
Offer up their song of praise to Him
The glories of God explode in full orchestration
As all creation joins the thunderous refrain
“Worthy, Worthy
WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN”
Lyrics from http://www.stevegreenministries.org

Finally, here was music that matched the theology that I had been reading. The greatness of God that I was studying in Scripture, I was now hearing sung in praise to God. This was a pivotal moment in my life! The day when theology became doxology.

STEVE GREEN CONCERT

Steve Green

Steve Green will be in concert at Farmdale Baptist Church on Friday, August 28th, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available and can be reserved here for only $5.00 each. A love offering will be taken during the concert.

2 comments

  1. Steve Green has been to our church a few times. We have used some of his Spanish tracks throughout the years in my family’s ministry in Venezuela. During one of the summers that my wife and kids have spent there, they got to hear him in concert in Maracaibo. He is friends with a man down there we have worked with who was invited to sing with him for a song or two. This fellow has a story about Steve’s music in Venezuela: His car was stolen in downtown Maracaibo. The way this works is that the thieves get the phone number of the owner, steal the car, and call the phone number to elicit ransom for the car. The thieves called our friend and offered to give the car back with no ransom. They had taken off in it while a Steve Green album was playing. As the thieves listened to his music, they were convicted of their sin and moved to give up their crime. So God uses people like Steve.

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