In the past, we have seen different Christian performers such as Darlene Czech and Michael W. Smith. But it was our first time to encounter Chris Tomlin live in person. Last March 9, 2019, Chris Tomlin held a sold-out concert in Abbotsford Centre. It was attended by Christians from other places in Canada and the United States of America.
The concert was called “The Holy Roar Tour.” Glorifying Jesus was the main goal and purpose of this worship concert. People jumped, rejoiced, and sang their hearts out. We were just so blessed to be a part of this event.
I’m the type of person who usually gets familiar with the songs easily but doesn’t know the name of the singers. Tauren Wells was one of the guests and I may say, I was surprised that he is the singer behind the song, “Hills and Valleys.” His performance was extraordinary—giving mixed-emotions-kind-of-vibe to the crowd. Our hearts were moved as he sang and played the piano, as well as the guitar. We stood up over excitement when he showed his rapping skills for the song, “Undefeated.” He is a versatile singer. Chris Tomlin even made a joking comment about Tauren’s energy level and performance, on how he can literally reach it.
On the other hand, Pat Barett sings beautiful songs while playing his guitar. His song, “Build my life,” is focused on living a God-centered life. And maybe some of us do not know about it, but the multi-talented Pat also wrote another song called, “Good good Father.”
It was also surprising to me that Chris Tomlin brought his minister, Pastor Darren Whitehead, to speak during the concert. He shared us the seven Hebrew words for the word praise in the bible. And these are the following: Yadah which means revere and worship with extended hands, (Psalm 67:3). Halah (Hallelujah) is to boast, to shine, to celebrate, be glamourless or foolish, (Psalm 149:31). Tehilla is a hymn, a song of praise, a new song, a spontaneous song, (Psalm 22:3 NKJV). Towdah is an extension of the hand, thanksgiving and confession, thanksgiving for things not yet received, (Psalm 56:11-12 NKJV). Zamar is to make music, celebration, to play musical instruments. Barak is to kneel, bless God, praise, and to salute. And lastly, Shabach is to address in a loud tone, to commend, glory and triumph. (Thanks to my daughter, Alice for taking time to jot down some notes during the event.)
Chris Tomlin is a remarkable, exceptional, and anointed singer. He is very passionate about his craft driven by his desire to honour God. He even shared his early experience as a young worship leader and described how funny it was to even look back. He wasn’t expecting his career to reach this far based on his beginning. God has a different plan and purpose, He equipped him, and used him mightily in the music ministry. Since then, his music has inspired and encouraged many people from all walks of life. He sang “We Fall Down”, “Amazing Grace,” and other songs he is best known for.
It was indeed such a great blessing to be in a worship night led by true worshippers of God. I’m looking forward to another extremely good, enjoyable, and awesome night with Chris Tomlin in the near future.