Touched By A Song: "Such Love" by Dave Bryant

Sunday 1st July 1990

Australian musician, ALISON POOLEY, tells how she was touched by a '80s worship chorus.

Dave Bryant
Dave Bryant

The warm air hung heavy over the congregation. A myriad of lights from surrounding tenement blocks began to appear, seen through the open-sided meeting place. We all stand, unaware of the surroundings or the sweating bodies, in an atmosphere charged by a sense of God's presence.

Chinese and European alike; long-term workers, ex-drug addicts, the poor and those of high rank. Jackie Pullinger's message had demanded a response. To be "willing slaves" was deeper and more demanding than even partial service to Christ. It meant, as it were, "to have one's ear pierced with an awl" - life-long servant hood. Symbolically, touching our earlobes, we made our commitments standing together.

John Perry, out in Hong Kong for five weeks to perform, teach and lead worship, began to sing that evening the lovely Dave Bryant chorus "Such Love". As I listened my mind raced back over the events, which had caused me to give up a safe orchestral musician's existence in London to join YWAM that September in Hong Kong. Then, as the song progressed, the words came suddenly alive. As I looked around at those gathered I could see the visible results of those moved by God's love, who had become willing to share their lives and endure hardships for the sake of others. As the song continued, the lyrics reminded me that I needed to have total trust in God. He would not fail me in those circumstances, far away from family and friends.

Finally, I was prompted to place my violin down and to symbolically turn my back on it, knowing that if God wanted to fully use me He would have to give it back to me. He did so.

Though my seven months in Hong Kong, several spent with St Stephens' Society, working with Jackie Pullinger and her team among the addicts and outcasts of the city, the song stayed with me.

Little did I realise then that 18 months and several continents later, I would be back in England as a fledgling "musicianary" even, on occasions, working with the same John Perry! So many things had their beginnings that night in Hong Kong when "Such Love" began to play.

Dave Bryant

Your love has conquered, has set us free
To become all you've called us to be
Healing the wounded, making us stand
Bringing peace and a sword in our hand

And no power in the universe
Can't separate us from the love of God
We're yours forever with nothing to fear
Willing slaves to the love that brought us here

Such love, such grace
Makes the pieces come falling into place
Breaks through the darkness
Turns on the light
Making blindness give way to sight

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About Alsion Pooley
Alsion Pooley is an Australian-born professional violinist currently living in North London.


Reader Comments

Posted by Dave Bryant in Colchester, U.K. @ 08:27 on Oct 17 2013

Just to let folk who are interested know that Cross-Rhythms have re-issued copies of my Albums "God Likes Me" & "Naturally Supernatural" for sale on CD

Posted by May in USA @ 20:15 on Jul 27 2012

This chorus came to my mind today. Its like the Lord has been soothing me these past couple of weeks with different songs. I have been in turmoil now for some years over my son who has been an addict, drugs, alcohol etc. This weekend he is going to a Bible Week really praying for him to turn his life around.

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