I am standing in my kitchen, repeatedly listening to this amazing song over... & over... & over... with tears in my eyes as I make Christmas goodies. (I create lots of posts at a time & then schedule them to publish daily, so it is well before Christmas as I write this.)
Many of you may remember Johnny Lang from his days as a child prodigy. I first saw him on the Tonight Show maybe... this baby in his early teens who could sing the blues & play the guitar as if he were possessed. He went platinum by age 15. He is incredible.
I got to see him in person last year. We went to see they guy opening for him -- I hadn't followed Johnny Lang. We listened to his CD in preparation for the concert, but it could've NEVER prepared me for the raw talent I saw. I am telling you, it is like music boils inside of his blood, convulsing his body & shaking it's way out of him in perfection! But wow... what amazed me more was that through this secular concert, without him saying a word, it became beyond clear to me that he was a Christian. The way he gave the spotlight to his band members, his humility... I can't explain it, but I had NO DOUBT that he was God's. It was confirmed at the very end... as the crowd shouted for more, & as he had his chance for an encore, he gave a wordless guitar solo of "How Great Thou Art." And it was worshipful.
I came home perplexed. What was his story? What I found was an article, and this song-- his testimony.
Here is his testimony, in his words. i cut out big chunks of it, so read it on your own if you want the whole scoop..
Cliff had become very sick – he had Hepatitis C and cancer all over his body. [...]