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: But then we do need songwriters  to be absolutely honest about where they are now.  Theres a sense in which we can make God a bit one dimensional if we always say life is wonderful God, thank you!  We've got to be real haven't we?

David:   That's right and that's why that song was going to the title song at first.  "It's a new thing now" that is what it's talking about , it's saying the same thing -  you thought that you could get on with your life but then you keep on hearing the skeletons rattling in the closet reminding you of where you are coming from, all of the troubles you have been through but lets be certain that God is doing something new in our lives.  Lets just hold on to his Word.  So we are aware of that.  I think also Tony that right now, but I don't really like the word praise worship leaders  but those were in the front leading the corporate praise with the responsibility to reflect, not just a one dimensional God but the realities of life in the songs that we choose and the songs that we write, you know, we are the theologians of the 21st Century and we have got a great responsibility to God's Kingdom.

Tony: Amen! Well that's a wonderful place to leave it.  Thank you very much indeed David.

David:  Thank you  very much Tony.

Tony:  God bless you. CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

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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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