I’ve been inspired since reading Worship Leader magazine’s Top 20 Songs in the Last 20 Years to continue my series on the Epochal Songs of the Praise and Worship Movement.
So we go to the year 1992…
Geoff Bullock’s “Power of Your Love” in my opinion, was one of the defining songs for the Australian praise and worship scene. Even though there had already been some notable contributors from Australia on the worldwide stage (Phil Pringle and Mal Fletcher come to mind), this song put Hillsong (then Hills Christian Life Centre) on the map. Within a short number of years, Hillsong would not only greatly impact the praise and worship movement, it would also be one of the leading shapers of the movement.
In fact, I remember in 1992 at the age of 15 going to a powerful youth camp where “Power of Your Love” was sung as the theme song. I think my friend Daryl Tan and some others led the worship each session. And each session, we sang “Power of Your Love”. On the last night, Russell Sage described in gruesome detail how Christ suffered on the cross. Before the days of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, you’d be surprised how powerfully words can paint a picture when coupled with a fertile imagination! As we sang this song to close the meeting, tears just streamed down my face as I was captured by the agony of Christ’s sacrifice. I was being changed by the power of His love.
That camp was a milestone in my Christian walk. I came away deeply impacted knowing that I would serve and love God the best I could no matter what.