After divorcing her husband of 25 years, Narvel Blackstock, in 2015, country singer Reba McEntire, 61, turned to God and her faith to keep her through this difficult time.
Referred to as the “Queen of Country,” Reba is one of America’s great country singers. She is a member of the Country Hall of Fame. In a career that has spanned 42 years, she has released 32 albums and sold over 85 million records world-wide and has 35 chart-topping singles.
After seeking God during this dark period of her life, Reba sensed that she needed to release what would be her first Gospel album. Entitled, “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope,” the two album set features 22 Gospel recordings.
Reba wants this album to encourage people to return to God.
During the recording of one of the songs, How Great Thou Art, Reba felt the Holy Spirit’s anointing on the music:
“When I got through with singing the song, I would go in there with Doug Sisemore, my co-producer, and Todd Tidwell. We would listen to it and see if I needed to sing it again. And when I was listening to ‘How Great Thou Art,’ the Holy Spirit came over me so strong, I would weep, and I would sob and it was just like, ‘Wow…. Why this song? I didn’t understand why. But more than any of the other ones, it would totally wrap me up.”
But it wasn’t just that song, others may also be similarly anointed. In an interview with Foxnews, Reba mentioned receiving a big response from a second song — Back to God:
“I’m hearing from people …. About how [this song] has touched their heart and about how much we need this song at this time with all the trouble in the United states. With all the differences of opinions let’s just give it back to God. It just seems very timely.”
Reba said in her interview that she prays regularly for God’s guidance, adding that she is not praying for her will but God’s will to be done.
“I pray for God’s way and not my way. I know God’s got the right path and the right plan,” said Reba.
Reba’s younger sister, Susie McEntire-Eaton is a country-Gospel singer who was inducted into the Christian music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Music is a powerful tool and can be used to break demonic strongholds in people’s lives.
When Israel’s King Saul refused to obey God, the Bible states an evil spirit terrorized the back-slidden leader (1 Samuel 16:14).
We are not told exactly what happened to Saul during those times, but the Hebrew word for terrorized is “baath” that means “to be overtaken by a sudden terror.” Saul was experiencing intense episodes of fear.
In some ways this describes what is happening in the world today — we are being assaulted by a spirit of fear.
Saul’s advisors were very concerned about what was happening to Saul and they turned to music for the solution.
They knew of a young man who was already gaining a reputation in Israel as a ‘skillful’ player of the lyre (verse 18). That young man was David who the Holy Spirit had come mightily upon after the prophet Samuel anointed this young son of Jesse as the next king of Israel (verse 13).
When David played his lyre, the skilfully played music under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, drove away the evil spirit that plagued Saul.
23 So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed (ravach) and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him. (1 Samuel 16:23 NASV)
The Hebrew word translated ‘refreshed’ is ravach. It means “spacious, to liberate, to feel relieved.” The same word is used in Job 32:19-20, to describe Job’s relief from severe abdominal pain.
Anointed music has the power to heal and liberate, both physically and spiritually. It can deliver us from all our fears (Psalm 34:4).
- Reba weeps over Jesus encounter while recording Gospel album: “The Holy Spirit came over me so strong”: Faith It
- Reba McEntire says new Gospel album “message from God’ amid chaotic political climate: Gospel Herald
- Reba McEntire and her fans find faith during hard times with singer’s new gospel album: Fox News