I sang in many church choirs during the last 50 plus years.
Churches had gifted choir directors, choir members and soloists.
Most directors were dedicated, cordial and appreciative. I remember only once being required to audition for a church choir.
Back in the early 1970’s, J. Lamar Alexander was serving as choir director at the First Baptist Church of Lake Providence, Louisiana. He had me sing notes of the scale. I’m surprised that I got up the courage. I’d say he was a master at his craft…
He mastered the traditional form of worship service.
Lamar Alexander believed in call to worship opening selections. To this very day I recall the holy hush following our offerings of ‘The Lord is in His Holy Temple.’
“But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him (Habakkuk 2:20 KJV).”
The lyrics, based on Scripture, called us to worship, submission and praise.
“His Royal Highness, His Excellency, the King!” He enters the room, as men bow; women curtsy, and his attendants lead the way. Music plays, cameras flash and hearts pound as he makes his way to his throne. A hush falls over the room, as one of royal rank and privilege, takes his rightful place as ruler.
“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16 NAS).” Unworthy, we worship Him. The Father has firmly established His rule and reign. He invites us to approach His throne. He is accessible. The KING OF KINGS welcomes us.
“Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NAS).” We are needy people who serve a kind-hearted King. He favors us with His unmerited mercies. The Royal Majesty ministers to us. Make way for His Excellency, the King!