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Kristy Low came to Shane Tucker with an idea to do a video during our annual Wide Open World missions series that would revolve around the stories of what God is doing all over the world, specifically in the countries we as LifePoint Church minister in. Shane and Kristy were in the process of formulating some vision for the video, and in the midst of their conversations, they began talking about what it might look like to marry a song to the video that would speak to topics such as missions, prayer, awakening and revival. The idea of a song for the video quickly became an integral part of the vision for the whole project. Jon Myers started writing a few ideas, but nothing was sticking to the degree that was needed to pull this off with excellence. Jon began to search for hymns based on the topics mentioned above, and one of the hymns that popped up was a hymn by the name of “For A Worldwide Revival.”
“For A Worldwide Revival” was written by Leila Morris. Leila penned this hymn in the year 1910. Leila’s heart for Christians to return to the Lord in repentance and joy is evident. A revival in people’s hearts all over the world to the gospel is what this song is centered around. The hymn hasn’t been printed in hymnals since approximately 1980, so we thought it would be fitting to revive a song that has not been sung in the Church for a while. Jon searched and searched for a recording of the song, but couldn’t find anything. All he could find were lyrics and sheet music. The lyrics were what caught Jon when he came upon this hymn, but there were some lines such as “There’s a sound of a going in the mulberry trees” or “Send the latter rain on us” that just aren’t a fit for today. Since there were some lines that didn’t fit, Jon and Shane decided to change a few of the lyrics. We carefully chose words that still adhere to the original meaning, but that also fit LifePoint’s lyrical context. We knew Leila’s song had become public domain, so we chose to take some artistic liberty and completely re-write the chord structure as well as the melody.
After about a month of mapping out ideas and trying different progressions, we landed on musical and melodic content and decided to record the hymn with JT Burke at Fathom Fidelity Recording Studios (the same location Melodies From Life and Oh Great Wonder were recorded). We had a number of people involved in the recording and writing of the song, and we actually wrote almost all of the parts in the studio except for guts of the song. The people who were involved in this were Justin Greiner, Josh Baker, Maggie Miller, Lori Christopherson, Shane Tucker, and Jon Myers. Our prayer is that we as an expression of Christ’s body will be able to latch on to these lyrics and pray them together, and ask God to begin a worldwide revival in and through us. We hope you enjoy it.
Here are some of the scriptures that “For A Worldwide Revival” is rooted in –
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
6A voice says, “Call out.” Then he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'”
And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.
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