The song “Let Your Glory Shine,” by Lincoln Brewster came on my mp3 player today, and it gave me a second or two of pause. The song begins with a short but lightning fast burst of guitar that just melts your face. Then he gets into the verse, which is pretty much straightforward blues/rock with a nice groove. Of course, then Brewster and the band go absolutely nuts after the bridge, and there’s another face melting guitar solo.
In the following video, Brewster tells the story of the song:
He talks about when he came from the secular music world (he played for Steve Perry, the original Journey singer) into playing worship music in a church, he always felt restraint, so far as his playing went. But it seemed like God was telling him to just play with what he was given to play, and in this instance, that was crazy guitar skills.
But the chorus of the song really tells the story.
“Let your glory shine, let your glory shine, let your glory shine through me.”
I’ve heard both pastors and worship leaders over the years say things like “church isn’t the time to showboat,” and maybe it isn’t. Perhaps a song like this IS more suited to a concert setting. But to me, that doesn’t meant the song doesn’t carry a valid message.
Let your glory shine through me.
Brewster also says in the “making of” video above, that “If I don’t give Lord everything, both musically and spiritually, then I’m not being obedient.”
He’s letting the talent God gave him shine (worth mentioning is that he always gives God the glory for what he’s been given).
That sounds OK to me.
Certainly, I’m no pastor, no bible scholar. Can’t sing or play.
But if there was something I could do OK, I would do it, and honor God with what he’d given me.
What that is, I’m still doing my best to discover. Maybe it’s writing. Maybe telling people about the Good News.
Maybe it’s simply my work. I would guess that’s it for a lot of people. Steven Curtis Chapman has a song where he says something like “do everything you do for the glory of the one who made you.”
Can I write and edit documents to the Glory of God? I think so—I hope that’s what I’m doing today.
But maybe it isn’t something so glamorous as typing for you, or playing ridiculously awesome guitar solos.
Maybe you drive a cab, or wash dishes.
Maybe you scoop dog poop in a park.
Or you could be a stay-at-home parent who spends a great deal of their time following children around and vacuuming Legos out of the carpet (you can do that, right?)
Try to think that in that moment, you are where God meant you to be.
Handing homeless people a meal, or stacking chairs.
God put you there.
You can glorify him wherever you are.
I wish I could sing all the time. I’m the only one in my nuclear family who can’t, including my 4 year-old.
But that isn’t me.
Instead, I am spending my lunch trying to think, and write, and eat something from the roadrunner without getting some meat-sickness.
Then I will go back to Word, and Publisher.
I will write, and I will edit. And I will drop the mic when I am done for the day.
“If I don’t give Lord everything, then I’m not being obedient.”