Pastor David Daniel: The full interview with the Brit gospel stalwart

Wednesday 1st September 2004

The full Tony Cummings nterview with Pastor David Daniel.

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Tony: It was something special was it?

David: Yes, most definitely.

Tony:  I interviewed Matt Redman last week because he's just got a live album coming out and he said he forgot all about the recording and just worshiped and hopefully there are a few moments like that with the choir as well.

David: Yes, it's so much so that one of the songs it went on for about 10 minutes!  We kinda decided to leave it on although it was kind of longish.  We felt may be it might not be played on all the radio stations or parts of it might be, but if people played it in their homes and in their cars we believe that God will really touch people's hearts.

Tony: You have got a track here called "musical interlude".  What's "musical interlude"

David: Basically what we did was, again from our heritage, the word of God is vitally important to us and so therefore we had a musical interlude by a very talented musical keyboardist and arranger, Nethaniel and he was playing some music, beautiful stuff and the scripture was being read from Isaiah 43.  It introduced one of the songs that God is doing a new thing now Isaiah 43 Verse 18 and so some extracts from that passage were  being read.   

Tony: Were you present during the mixing?

David: Yes.

Tony: What did you feel when you first heard it coming out on the monitors?

David: Well man! It's hard to describe but my tears were coming to the back of my eyes, my stomach started feeling, you know  - well man! - I just felt proud of everyone! - felt humbled as well.  I really did and I just felt Man! God is going to use this and bless everyone who has been part of this.  I really felt something!

Tony: And what's your vision for the album?  Do you feel it's going to go far and wide and international?

David: Yes, I am really praying so.  We are very active in places like Poland.  We do lots of workshops over there, in Denmark as well.  So we are hoping that it can go to the European countries.  In Europe Christianity over there is a tiny bit different from how it is over in England, but whenever we go over there people are very hungry for what we have.  And so I am hoping especially over there that we can leave something of our relationship with Christ there.  They can appreciate and have as their own and also we are hoping that it can get to as many homes as possible and that even if its one or two songs that people will remember when they are going through some situations, one of the things, when we were actually doing this album a series  I was preaching in my church was about redressing the balance of power and its also to deal with our emotions and how we feel.  There are lots of people who are emotionally hurt and I just believe that when we can just get that word from God, when we can just give God the praise, let the praise go first as with the situation .  We can really have a breakthrough in our own lives.  Its not easy to say that to people when they are going through the worst situation in their lives, but it is the answer.

Tony: Some people struggle with that.  They say well you have got to worship God with a sincere heart and if you are going through a lot of stuff you have no desire to praise God.  What would you say to that kind of response?

David:  I would say that they are in the same boat as the psalmist because in the psalms there are many complaints and many a time when there was much distress but one thing I have noticed in many of them is  they always say something like my hope is in you, you are the God of my salvation.  All these long list of complaints and God, why is my enemy beating me up and why aren't I getting any success and why are they prospering, but my hope is in you, I still trust in you and I think that has to be our testimony as well.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Evangelist Daniele in Luton, ENGLAND @ 10:21 on Nov 19 2008

Gospel music digs deeper than any other music throughout the world today. And those who make it so, and those who have made it so in the past, form an uncompromising band of Christian saints men and women, who have spent decades in contention with all manner of difficult circumstances.

Few performers have had it quite so tough as gospel singers and it shows in the way they commit themselves within a song: The Christian vision of deliverance from spiritual and social shackles has always held out the greatest hope to those with least to lose and the gospel song is essentially a song of deliverance. The real, breathtaking power of gospel singing cannot be understood as anything less than the ecstatic victory shout of a soul set free at last. There is no music quite like that of gospel music, no drama like the drama of Christians rejoicing, the sinners moaning and repenting, the tambourines shaking, and all those voices coming together in unity, crying holy unto, the LORD. I have never seen anything during my Ministerial life as an Evangelist, to equal the fire and excitement that gospel music carries, without warning can fill a church with the awesome power of God's glory.

Nothing that has happened to me since, can equal the majestic power and the glory that I sometimes feel when, in the middle of a worship song, I knew that I was somehow, by some miracle, really carrying, really singing, as they say, the WORD, when the church and I are singing and dancing, in anguish and rejoicing at the foot of the altar. So let your heart exult wordlessly into joyous song by breaking down all barriers in the immeasurable fullness of your countenance by the words of your songs, whether at the harvest table, in the vineyards, or elsewhere. For true, really, true gospel singers, groups or bands they will always worship God in Spirit and in Truth, and recognise that He and He alone gets all the glory, AMEN

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