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Anointed worship song leads man to confess to murder?


An interesting story emerged during the recent trial of Danny Dashay Holmes about the power and anointing on Christian music.

Danny was on trial in Indiana, for the December 16, 2016, murder of Cesar Lopez-Flores. According to the Daily News Journal (DNJ), after kidnapping a woman by the name of Brittany Johnson, Danny forced Brittany to drive to Lopez-Flores home where Danny and others murdered Lopez-Flores. Johnson was then released unharmed.

During his trial in August 2019, Danny dramatically announced to the court he would plead guilty to the murder. Danny stated that a year earlier he had become a Christian, but what prompted him to confess was Big Daddy Weave’s song called “Redeemed.”

Now I must confess I had never heard of Big Daddy Weave, but the Christian band features a former worship leader of a church in Pensacola Florida, Mike Weaver.

And though I had never heard of Big Daddy Weave, I am apparently one of the few who hasn’t because the video of the band’s song “Redeemed” has been viewed over 39 million times:

According to Danny, it was the lyrics below that impacted him to confess:

“Then you look at this prisoner and say to me, ‘Son, stop fighting a fight that’s already been won.'”

Lyrics from Big Daddy Weave’s song “Redeemed”

There is power in music because of God’s anointing.

In Psalm 40:3, David writes:

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

(Psalm 40:3 NASV)

David talks about a new song from the Lord, but notice the impact it has on people. It will cause people to “see” the Lord meaning it has the potential to provide a revelation of God to those hearing the song. In turn, this causes them to “fear” God, and then to “trust” the Lord.

What a powerful progression and though it almost seems counter-intuitive, the verse seems to imply that we can’t fully “trust” God, unless we first “fear” the Lord. Does this suggest we will trust the Lord to the degree we fear Him?

For worship music to impact in such a powerful way, it must be anointed. David’s new song was anointed and it seems so was Big Daddy Weave’s song “Redeemed” as it moved Danny to confess and trust the Lord with what lay ahead for him.

As Danny Holmes shared his powerful testimony in the court room, DNJ describes what happened next:

“The redemption tale struck a chord with those in the courtroom. As Holmes spoke, the room filled as people wandered in to hear the confession. His family sobbed during his statement.”

Daily News Journal, August 26, 2019

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