Update: This blog was written in January of 2020, when Sing Over America was still scheduled to take place on May 7 & 8. Due to corona the event had to be rescheduled. It now takes place on October 29 & 30. Click here for more info.
Along the career pathway of a minister, there are many, many years of simply continuing to do what you do because that is what you do. I have been in full time ministry for some 44 years, and the vast majority of that time has been what I outlined in the last sentence. That’s just how life works, or at least life in God’s work. It’s all I’ve ever known so I can’t compare it to anything else. However, once in awhile there comes along a fresh word or vision from above and you know that you know God is speaking. I’ve had some over those 44 years, but they are few and far between. The event that our ministry is planning to oversee is exactly that, and it’s no small potatoes by any means. Sing Over America is for such a time as this, and it can’t come soon enough for our nation’s health and survival.
Early in 2019 I was seeking God for a way to touch my own city that I had not been able to do in the first 10 years of residence here. (“here” meaning Dallas, TX.) One morning I heard basically the same instruction from God that I heard back in 1998 in Colorado Springs. That word was this; “Gather the worshipers, I want to bring an open heaven to your city.” This time His instruction was again to gather the worshipers….but from coast to coast, and sing over your nation. It’s not dissimilar to the instruction Jehoshaphat gave to his people; something akin to “send the singers and musicians out ahead of the army”. God knew they could never win the war in the natural. Interestingly, He told Jeho (pardon the nickname - didn’t want to continue to have to type the whole thing and thought it sounded better than “Phat”) that he wouldn’t have to fight the battle. That must have come as quite a pleasant, although confusing word to the leader’s heart. But trusting God as he did, it was Jeho who took the initiative to send the praise team ahead. I always thought it was God who commanded it until I recently read the account again. I believe that’s where I am right now with Sing Over America. We’re taking the initiative to be proactive in lifting up Jesus over our nation.
Since I’ve taken this leap of faith, God has opened doors to confirm the vision. He needed to do that because the enemy is not in favor of this. He can throw the tool of discouragement at me at any given moment, and there have been many. But every time something goes wrong or doesn’t fall into place in our preparation for this two day worship event, God makes up the difference by sending good news our direction to keep us going and on point for May 7 & 8. Just this morning after trying for four months to find the one missing link regarding which artists to invite, the answer came while in prayer and was confirmed a few minutes later…from half way around the world. That can only be God! It proves that this venture is born of Him and not man. What a huge relief to know this!
20 years ago a prophetess saw three major thrusts in my ministry. The first two came fairly quickly and close to each other. This is the third and final thrust - I’m certain of it. How far and high it goes is not known to me right now. But I do believe we are on the cusp of a nation wide worship movement to usher in the last days revival we know is coming. I just want to do my part while it is still my turn. Don’t you!?
The whole concept of Sing Over America is based on Isaiah 54:1 - “Sing, oh barren one…” Many years ago I heard Dr. Jack Hayford minister on singing over your cities, churches, and even your own life. It was revelational to me and I’ve been teaching congregations about the power of song for many years. Everyone has areas of barrenness in their lives that can be filled by singing to the One who has the solution. If you’re sick, sing to Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals. If you can’t pay the rent, sing to Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. If there’s great chaos in your home, sing to Jehovah Shalom, the Lord my peace. Singing releases the power of God. Just ask Paul and Silas in that dungeon. Every problem you will ever encounter in life can be sung over to one of the characteristics of our Heavenly Father. He’s got us covered!
I hope you will put Sing Over America on your 2020 calendar. Check out the website - www.singoveramerica.us - to find out more and register. What an opportunity! This may be the beginning of something that changes our nation and you need to be a part of the critical mass that will gather in Dallas, TX for two days in May. Help us sing His righteousness over California, Colorado and New York. Help us pull down principalities and powers that have been all too familiar in regions for generations. It truly is time to let God arise and His enemies be scattered. Let’s do this America!