Last night Naomi and I joined our friends, Ron and Judy Minth, in attending the “Gospel Explosion” at First Baptist Church in Dallas. What an amazing night of music! Three of my favorite Southern Gospel groups sang their hearts out: The Hoppers, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, and The Collingsworth Family. In the second half of the program we also greatly enjoyed the orchestra and choir from First Baptist Church. Two of the top songs of the evening have special meaning to me. I didn’t personally know the composers but they were both friends of my father. Both of these songwriters lived in Tulsa in the 1950s. For many years Tulsa was something of an epicenter for many ministries. The city still is host to many world-impacting churches, schools, and ministries.
I encourage you to listen to these songs. They’re both available for purchase and on Youtube. Both songs are a glorious fit of tune with lyrics. It also reminded me of what R. T. Kendall says in his great book The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. When a sermon, a book, or a song is anointed by the Holy Spirit it takes on a timeless quality. It will always minister life, to its own and succeeding generations. As world markets are reeling today, these also minister great assurance and encouragement.
The Hoppers sang:
“The love of God is greater far
Than gold or silver, ever could afford
It reaches past the highest star
And covers all the world!
Its power is eternal . . . eternal
Its glory is supernal . . . supernal
When all this earth shall pass away
There’ll always be the love of God!”
– Vep Ellis, 1952
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound sang:
“O, what a Savior, O hallelujah
His heart was broken on Calvary
His hands were nail scarred
His side was riven
He gave His life-blood for even me.”
– Marvin Dalton, 1948