The Sound That Saved Us All

The Sound That Saved Us All

Anthony Skinner


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Anthony Skinner wrote “The Sound That Saved Us All” after watching an episode of The Andy Griffith Show, where Andy and Barney sing “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name.” Struck by the power in the lyrics, Anthony Skinner sat down and penned this song, reaching across the centuries to lay hold of elements from the song “Amazing Grace.” Thus, the divine met the ordinary in one of countless such moments in history. 

This wasn’t the first time the divine met the ordinary when lyrics from “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” were involved. A missionary named Rev. E. P. Scott was living in India when he felt the Lord lead him to go preach to a barbarous tribe in a remote part of India. Despite the urging of his friends not to go, he journeyed anyway.

Before he reached the tribe, he was accosted and surrounded by tribal warriors pointing their spears at his heart. Without a weapon of defense, he believed he would next be with his maker, so he decided to honor God with his last breath and sing a song of praise.

Picking up his violin and closing his eyes, Rev. Scott began to sing, “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” in the tribe’s native language. Finally after singing three verses, he opened his eyes to warriors with tears in their eyes. The spears were lowered in deference to the name of Jesus. Rev. Scott went on to minister to the tribe and lead many of them to the Lord. The divine power of Jesus’ name met the ordinary hostility of the tribal warriors that day.

You may not be traveling to preach to a distant hostile tribe, but be encouraged to look for the divine in the ordinary, as one worship leader did in the story below. 

A modern day worship leader tells the story of going out to a Mexican restaurant/ karoake bar with some friends who were non-believers. It was an atmosphere of drinking and partying on a Friday night. After some renditions of songs from Michael Jackson, the B-52's and Bruce Springsteen, the crowd was getting rowdy with drunkenness in the air.

In this moment, the worship leader felt God impress upon her to step up to the microphone with an accapella rendering of "Amazing Grace." "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me..." Suddenly the entire restaurant and bar grew quiet. After four verses, the worship leader stepped off the stage to the sound of quiet reverence. It took several moments before the bar resumed activity. The hush of holiness was in the air. The divine met the ordinary.

Just as the tribal warriors could not proceed with their hostile advances when the name of Jesus was uttered, and rowdy party-goers must be hushed when the grace of God is declared, so neither can circumstances prevail over the reality of Jesus’ authority and victory in our lives. If you need courage in your ordinary moments, don’t hesitate to find yourself singing “The Sound That Saved Us All.”


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