Worship Video Blog 1 from The Sound LV host, Michael Leyde.
Why is “The Sound” 50 hours long? Wouldn’t it make more sense to make it 48 hours, so that it’s 2 full days? As I was praying and seeking God about his view of Las Vegas worship and what Las Vegas revival means , God showed me some pretty interesting things about the number 50. As I dug deeper, the revelations only got more intense. Here’s what I mean:
The feast of Shavuot or Pentecost is a yearly pilgrimage festival in which the Hebrews
celebrated the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai over 3,000 years ago. After Passover, they
were to count 7 weeks in expectation of the giving of the Law, or the revelation of
God. God came down upon Mt. Sinai that day and met with men. It was a time of
consecration and dedication to God as His Holy people. It was an appointed time for
an encounter with the living God.
Fast forward 1,300 years and you see another great picture of God’s timing. Christ
Jesus is now our Passover lamb, and after 40 days of Him being on the earth
testifying, the disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem until they receive power
from heaven. Ten days they’re in the upper room, and when the day of Pentecost
had “fully come”, suddenly there was a sound- God came down again to meet with
This time the way of God would not be written upon tablets of stone, but upon the
hearts and minds of men - just as Jeremiah had prophesied.
So no we can see that Pentecost has a special place in the heart of God. The heavens
are now open and, on Pentecost weekend (which happens to be Memorial Day
weekend in our calendar), we are going to again meet with the Living God.
We will worship 50 hours for the 50 days of expectation and declare to God that He
alone is worthy of the worship and honor of our city.
Secondly, 50 is the number for Jubilee! It was a time of releasing from debts,
bondage, and a time for moving into freedom!
Interestingly enough, the word “Freemont” is a German name that
means “FREEDOM MOUNTAIN”. As we praise and worship on Fremont Street, we will
be declaring freedom to our Las Vegas valley.
Thirdly, 50 is also the number for government. God declared many times that
Judah was His Lawgiver. We are believing that, as Judah goes first, we will see our
community move forward into the promise of God over our city like never before.
50 hours to meet with God
50 hours to free the captives
50 hours to walk in our promise
Join us for a true Las Vegas worship experience!
For Unity and Revival in Las Vegas,
I just read a blog by the drummer of United Pursuit Band. He spoke about the origins of the song “Fill Me Up” (one of my favorites). It started as a prayer, and he didn’t even consider it a real song. It’s only a few lines. It’s just not your traditional song (verse one, chorus, verse two, chorus, bridge, etc..) He was blessed that God would take something that seems insignificant like a half written song (in his eyes anyway) and multiply it. It’s so inspiring to me.
I’m not a traditional kind of person, and I keep trying to fit my unconventional personality into this perfect mold. It’s not working very well. I have attempted to write songs and it hardly ever works… I feel pressure to write certain words, have the right amount of words (whatever that means), and have a pretty normal melody behind it all. I haven’t been able to do it… Mostly because I give up before I get very far. I have lyrics floating around in my head that can go with whatever chord progression I want them to. ha. But they aren’t traditional, and they come from a very intimate and vulnerable place that I only experience when I am with my God. It’s scary to share them with people. It’s like reading out loud for everyone to hear, a love note you wrote to your husband. With all of that said, the fact that I am scared to be transparent gets my attention.
I can feel Jesus telling me to share what I have. I’m scared. He keeps whispering.
What you have is such a gift that I want you to share with everyone. My grace and favor rests on it. Stop hiding.
Side Note: I am currently listening to “Come to Me” by Jenn Johnson…. WOW! It’s perfect.
I guess what I’m saying is, I would rather write one half song that Jesus loves to hear people sing, then write a perfectly structured song that has no anointing on it. Now that I know that… I guess I should go spend more time with Jesus, because that seems to be the only place lyrics come. And the fear of being vulnerable or transparent will change when I trust Him more, and realize I have nothing to be scared of. ha.
Advice from a girl struggling to write worship songs: Get out of your box, stop being scared to write unconventional lyrics with unconventional chords progressions, sound like you and not everyone else, worship is intimate and can only come from intimacy with Him. Don’t be scared to bare your heart.
I think that’s it. Take it or leave it.
-Brook Anderson, Worship Leader at Encounter Community Church