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4 Questions with Mike Kim

4 Questions with Mike Kim

By Admin on August 07, 2012

This is a part of our new series of posts called “4 Questions”. It’s a quick 4 question interview with the artists that are on the All About Worship Collective 3 – a free compilation of corporate worship song.

AAW: Tell us the story behind the song "Greatly To Be Praised"

Mike: "Greatly To Be Praised" has gone on to be my most popular tune. I get very encouraging messages from people all over the globe about how the song is working in their churches and events. This song was birthed out of a time of free worship at my church one Sunday morning. I remember we were in the key of Bb (band hates that key, my vocal range loves that key…vocal range wins) and the phrase “Your name is greatly to be praised” came to mind. I sang it a few times out as a spontaneous line and things really took off. Long story short, I went home and for the next few weeks dug into Psalm 113 which that phrase is from.

AAW: What is your favorite instrument and why?

Mike: Drums...I've always said if I could do it all over again, I'd be a drummer. =) I just love the sound, the feel and how involved your whole body is in playing the instrument, and I feel it fits my personality (I like more to be in the background and glue everything together than be out front).

AAW: What is your favorite scripture related to worship?

Mike: There are many but I'd say Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous". This has always been a meaningful Scripture to me...the timing of Joshua taking the reigns for Moses, Israel in a time of transition and the unknown, and that God commands the Israelites to worship the walls of Jericho down. This has always been meaningful to me because there's often a lot we can't fight through in life, but there is nothing we can't worship through.

AAW: If you could say one thing to every worship leader in the world before they get up to lead worship this weekend, what would it be?

Mike: Be patient in letting your church and congregation grow in worship...each service you lead is like laying a brick on the wall that's being built--it's not always glamorous but every once in awhile you get to that point where you're building the window and the glory of God shines through. But even if it's not...be patient and keep building!

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Mike Kim is an itinerant worship leader & songwriter and currently resides in Piscataway, NJ.

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