I learned more about my favorite Irish Christian singer Robin Mark on Saturday when I attended a seminar led by the Belfast worship leader at a church in Rye. Thanks to Robin, I also learned more about God and was reminded why He is worthy to be worshiped.
That was the theme of Mr. Mark’s seminar, worship. He showed how worship is a primary theme through the entire Bible, spoke about why God deserves and wants our worship and shared some pointers on how to put together a workable worship team. He also talked about acoustics, a seminar topic we missed because my mother, older sister and I went back up to Pueblo to pick up my brother-in-law for the evening concert and to eat a bite of supper.
Robin Mark is a multi-generational Irishman whose surname Mark referred to the town where his ancestors came from, Robin of Mark, as it were.
He dropped out of school as a teenager because “I didn’t like it very much,” but later went back to get two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree, none of them in music, a career God called him to. His first degree was in civil engineering, and another was in education, and he taught in a vocational school for a while. He also had his own acoustical consulting business for a number of years. He described himself as a bit of a “nerd” when it came to numbers and technical data.
Those insights into Robin Mark were surprising to me, because I would never have pegged him as an engineer attracted to details and data. That is because the music God has given Robin Mark to share is more than the man, and it is filled with grace and mercy. God’s message through anyone willing to give it is more than the person He works through.
There is hope for us all in that. Even a journalist can be used by God, if she is willing to be.
“Heart above skill” is what God asks from us.
“The leader must be before the throne a lot,” Robin said.
Only a man on his knees can rise to lead in the way God wants him to.
Mr. Mark will say he is not that great a guitarist or songwriter, but he has been called and anointed (a distinction he made, a calling being personal and an anointing being recognized by others) to sing before the Lord and lead the rest of us in worship. I am always drawn upward by his music.
Worship is what we were created to do, Mr. Mark said in one of his seminars. It’s what it’s all about. It shows Whom we belong to, and it brings us closer to the Creator who desires a relationship with us.
“When we don’t worship, He misses it,” Mr. Mark said.
He misses us.
Whatever this world asks us of, promises us or takes from us, God wants more for us than that. He asks everything from us, promises everything for us and takes everything to give to us.