An unforgettable concert

John 4--24

Last Friday night, July 18, 2014,  my wife Brenda and I attended a concert in Fayetteville, NC where Martha Munizzi and Israel Houghton blessed those in attendance with an amazing time of worship and celebration of the goodness of our God.

Martha, along with her musicians and singers, offered a worship medley that ushered those in attendance into the very presence of God, where we lingered in glorious worship. It seems as though most of Martha’s music was devoted to worship. During her time of ministry, she mentioned a remark that someone whose name I don’t recall had made that went something like this:

“God can trust His worshippers to go through the valley of despair because He knows that they will turn it into a resort.”

Israel Houghton also provided a powerful time of ministry, as he mentioned the phrase “Don’t count me out!” which the Lord seemed to be emphasizing as he spoke. The entire worship experience with both of these outstanding musicians and worship leaders was unforgettable. It was the inspiration for the following poem:

Through the Valley of Despair

With gratitude to God for Martha Munizzi

and Israel Houghton


5What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

Psalm 84:5-6 (New Living Translation)


God can send His worshippers through the valley of despair,

Knowing that they will turn a valley place into a resort.

As long as Jesus goes with us, we will go anywhere.

We will go where He sends us and bring back a good report.

We do what we have to do, for the Lord will bring us through.

He makes a way in the wilderness, where there seems to be no way,

Even rivers in the desert where He makes all things new.

Some said we wouldn’t make it, but we don’t care what they say.

The daily pressure mounts, asking how much more can we take.

True worshippers rise and boldly proclaim, “Don’t count me out!”

We know God’s sovereign plan for our lives is not a mistake.

Praise God! We shout with a voice of triumph on the way out.

Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning,

Transforming the Valley of Weeping into refreshing springs.


Here is also a video of the lyrics to one of the songs that Martha Munizzi included in her worship medley: “Because of Who You Are.”

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