Since last week we talked musical inspiration, I thought it’d be fun to continue in that same vein this week!
I often wonder…
If music inspires my novels, what inspires the musicians?
To answer this question, I invited Austin Tullos with the HBCD_Worship band to join me on the blog today. Not only are they super talented (their second album just released on May 23rd), they have such contagious hearts for the Lord.
I absolutely love the title of this album–Mystery and Victory. Where did that title come from?
It comes from 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. I love the mental picture the word mystery paints for us when talking about the gospel. We are saved by grace through faith–in the midst of mystery, in the midst of not understanding everything, in the midst of trouble. Our faith and trust in the work of Jesus on the cross is what carries us through. Faith that He is sufficient to save us. Faith that our lives, as believers, aren’t bracketed between birth and death, but that there is a hope for the future. Faith that our joy is based on and found in Him. Faith that He has won the victory for His glory and our good. Out of our faith in that great mystery–this gospel–comes hope and life. His victory is ours for the taking.
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Amen! So one of my favorite songs on the album is called He Has Won. What was the inspiration behind the song?
Seth and I were writing in my basement, talking about our friend, Nate, who had just passed away after a 10 month battle with Leukemia. I said that we should write a song that Nate would want to sing.
What you need to know about Nate is that he suffered well. Really well. His main concern through his sickness was God’s glory, whether that came through his healing or his death. He loved the Lord with an incredible purity and fervor. We wanted to honor that. So we turned to 1 Corinthians 15 and read verse 55 a few times and we wrote the chorus right there. A loud, up-tempo song that the church could shout out, declaring together that HE HAS WON! A song of hope for the believer. There is NOTHING worth celebrating more than this truth.
Thank you so much for sharing, Austin! I know the words and the songs will bless my readers!
Make sure to enter the giveaway below!
Austin and Seth and the rest of the HBCD_Worship crew are giving away an autographed copy of Mystery and Victory, and I’m throwing in an autographed copy of my latest release, A Broken Kind of Beautiful. The giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday and the winner will be notified via email on Sunday, so please keep an eye on your inbox. To keep shipping costs down, we can only ship within the United States. Thanks for understanding!