Boris Johnson’s “big thank you” award letter to Tim Hughes, producer of online worship song The UK Blessing – which went viral in its first fortnight! – puts a critical article on a ‘prophecy’ website to shame.
“At a time when our churches are closed, I am filled with admiration to hear how you have used the power of music to bring together Christians of all denominations from across our United Kingdom.
“Your sensational singing masterpiece ‘The UK Blessing’ is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty.
“As we continue to protect our NHS and save lives, I know you are also leading efforts through your own church to support those in need in Birmingham and to befriend those who are feeling lonely or isolated at this time.”
This is in the opposite vein to a hyper-critical author who presumes God does not approve of singing a blessing over our sinful, rebellious nation and that’s why He’s allowed churches to be shut! (In some of his rationale the author acts more as advocate for the Accuser, than for our Saviour!) YET, we’ve had an unequivocal demonstration the Lord definitely DOES approve, as seen by His Spirit moving during this song to bless those who hear it!
Last night, Nina was hit by a double ‘strike’ of the Holy Spirit whilst hearing this song twice! We’d been invited to watch The Surge, an online broadcast of leaders of the charismatic movement arising from the Toronto Outpouring – namely Catch The Fire and Partners In Harvest – in which they announced their merger under the leadership of Duncan and Kate Smith (originally from England).
After John and Carol Arnott’s ‘welcome’ this historic event began with its own rendition of The Blessing, opened by a pianist at CTF Bournemouth followed by singers across the global family of CTF-PIH churches. Upon my turning towards Nina whilst they sang, I saw her sizzling in her chair as she felt Holy Spirit surging up and down her.
After the 2-hour session we watched The UK Blessing and at the end Nina stood up to move as best she could with a leg in brace to go upstairs. However, YouTube autoplay went on to the song’s version done in South Africa and, with her feet firmly placed at the foot of the stairs, she found herself gently falling face-first into the carpeted stairwell as a black African sang “…And make His face to shine upon you”!! WOWEEE!!!!
Then I was struck that this song of the Old Testament’s Aaronic blessing could fulfill a number of prophecies of recent years. The latest of these was issued just 3 weeks ago by Christie Johnson of Australia’s Gold Coast, as republished on this blog in Watch the Horizon, Here Come the Waves of Awakening, one element of which reads:
‘3. The Sound and the Wind – A New Sound of Worship
“I first heard an unusual sound that I wasn’t familiar with. I believe this is speaking of a new sound of worship that is going to precede the mighty outpouring. This worship is beginning to break forth, even now, all across the earth…” (emphases mine)
Moreover, the song’s verse that felled my wife speaks directly into the application of that prophetic vision and word:
‘Divine strategy for this new sound: ‘To every son and daughter: this is a moment of setting yourself in a position to gaze upon the face of the Beloved….’!!
Need I say any more?