**This blog is dedicated to the singers and musicians of Untitled Praise.**
And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?” (Jesus speaking) “It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.” -Mark 4:30-32 (NASB)
One of the things that I’m learning more and more in my old age is that a lot of people doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of success. In fact, some of the greatest successes in life happen as a result of small things. A huge forest fire comes from only a tiny spark. Tall oak trees come from the smallest of seeds. The tallest or biggest atheletes come from the smallest mixture of human genetic material. So on and so forth.
As I get older and older, I am learning this lesson more and more specifically in church music. Whereas I do LOVE a nice, big mass choir, and have spoken about the power and impact of such an entity in previous blogs, I do not take anything away from smaller groups like praise teams/ensembles because there is definitely a place for them as well. There are countless examples in the Bible where God will take the smallest or seemingly most insignificant person or thing and turn the world upside down. Think about having faith the size of a mustard seed.
Now think about how big an actual mustard seed is.
So to all the praise teams, praise ensembles, gospel quartets, church bands, etc who make the music happen on a regular basis without a lot of numbers, don’t think that God can’t take what you think of as small and turn it into something that will impact the world for His glory in a BIG way.
In my musical experience, I’d rather take a faithful few into “battle” as opposed to an uncertain multitude.