4 Questions with Sean Hill (@hillseanpaul)
This is 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.
“At The Name” by Sean and Crystal Hill
Sean: I was sitting at the kitchen table eating dinner with my wife, Crystal. There happened to be an acoustic guitar nearby that I grabbed to show her a couple lines God had been stirring in me about unashamedly proclaiming the name of Jesus. I asked for her opinion and played a couple lines of the first verse. I naturally flowed right into the pre-chorus "Darkness trembles, and death must flee". We both immediately knew God was inspiring us right there at the dinner table with chicken on our plates! We wrote the majority of the song that night at the dinner table and wrestled with the second verse for about another week. We finished and I wanted to demo the song so I could have a good working copy and my friends Kennedy Goins and Katherine Castro happened to be in town. We demoed the music and tracked their vocals. When we listened back to it we all were getting chills and we all knew that the song was completely God inspired. The "demo" is now what we released and what you hear on the Collective.
“Highest Praise” by Sean Hill and Wisdom Moon
Sean: The came right out of where I was with my spiritual walk. I was in a place where I was just humbling myself before God and bowing at His feet in worship! So the idea for the song came right from that place, that we should humble ourselves, fill the sanctuary with the highest praise we can offer, and God is enthroned upon that highest praise!
Wisdom: Sean showed me what he had of “Highest Praise” and I immediately was drawn to it. I live in Kansas City and Sean is in Atlanta, so we used technology to collaborate. We got on Skype and Google Docs to work on the song together. It was a lot of fun co-writing this song!
AAW: What is your favorite instrument and why?
I love drums!!! Nothing will change the atmosphere of worship quite like an excellent WORSHIPPING drummer. The beat and the pulse of a song come from the drummer and without an inspired drum performance music/worship often remains pretty flat for me. A true worship drummer can take a worship service to a different level.
AAW: What is your favorite scripture related to worship?
Love the concept of a "sacrifice of praise" offered up in Hebrews 13:8-16.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp, and bear the abuse he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of the lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
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?
It's very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning service: trying to remember the set lists, talking with the media team about cues, making sure the musicians are on point, making sure everyone has sheet music, etc, etc. But, never forget to enter God's presence covered with the blood of Jesus! Spend at least a minute asking the Holy Spirit to reveal anything unpleasing that sits in your heart or in your life. Ask then that those things be removed in Jesus' name. Then echoing Isaiah 6:7 I like to ask that the coal be touched to my lips. Before offering God the "fruit of the lips" it's so very crucial that the lips be clean...God cannot be pleased if we come on stage and start singing His praise with the dirty mouth that just yesterday slipped out vulgarities and profanities.
Lastly, (I'm not trying to preach here...hang with me) I always like to enter into to God's presence facedown...not necessarily physically, but spiritually postured in that manner. Because we come into the presence of God so often I think sometimes we forget to honor God and reverence Him for who he is. I pray that none of us ever get to the place where we just walk in to the presence of The Great I Am without first honoring Him with a humbled posture of our heart and spirit.
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