Psalm 33:3 Sing to him a new song; play skilfully, and shout for joy.
When I was about 8 years old, I had my first music lesson. First I learned to play the Trombone and tuba (euphonium), until I was about 16 year of age. When I was 17 I had my first guitar lesson, After 'playing around' a few years. I was lucky to have a very good teacher, his name was Fred van Houdt. I didn't know the Lord, since I wasn't raised Christian. After quite a few years of drug addiction and occultism the Lord revealed Himself to me.
Since I came to know the Lord, a wrote many songs, but without any ‘fruit’. I did many things in worship: playing guitar, flute and keyboard, leading worship and so on. When I moved to another city, because of another job, I joined my present church. There was still no change, after my leaders asked me to stop being in the worship team for a while. Those were 4 very difficult years, almost to hard to bear. But It was Gods wisdom, because the Word states “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
In 2008 I became ill, and a operation was necessary. During 6 months working was not possible. My first real change came to be. I this time God gave me 10 new songs in Spanish. I had some help from friends with the lyrics and a wrote a project named ‘Solo por Gracia’ (Only by Grace). Many things happened in my heart, and I believe the Lord called me to write songs about the many ‘valleys of darkness’ (Ps. 23) I passed. I became convinced of the fact that I can only comfort others through things I been through, like the apostle Paul says:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Now there’s a new season in my life, and the Lord really blessed me, I wrote 10 Portugese (Brazilian) songs the pas 7 months, with help from my friend Germana de Zwaan-Silviera. She and her husband Frank, and also my other Brazilian friends like Libete and Silvania are very supportive.
I compare my life with a good guitar: First the tree must be brought down, humbled to the earth, in the dust of the ground (John Michael Talbot). Then the wood must be selected, dried, prepared and rest, until it can be used to formed unto and instrument in the hand of the Master-builder. Then it is ready for its purpose: to be played skilfully.
This I my desire: bring people to Christ through my music and comfort those in pain, like David says: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” How can the Lord be near? Though those who can: “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God”.