Hey, my name is Matty Burke and I’m the praise co-ordinator at CU this year. I’m a second year student of theology from Banbridge, with a keen interest in politics and more boring stuff, an undying love for music (everything from simple chilled out acoustic to chaotic free jazz), and a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see lives transformed by it.
God has given us a foretaste of heaven through the blessing of being able to come to Him in praise (Rev 5:13). The hope we share as believers in Christ, is that one day we will be in eternity with Him forever. But praise is also for now. When we sing songs about God filled with truth, we preach His gospel to ourselves and to each other and in doing so we remind ourselves of God’s grace to us (and, boy, do we need reminded sometimes).
The beautiful thing about praise is what is beautiful about the gospel – it’s not about us. When we fix our eyes on God, we find an inexplicable freedom in forgetting about ourselves and remembering Jesus. And because God is unchanging, we can come before our God in praise no matter how we feel and no matter what is going on around us. It is so wonderful that we serve a God so constant, and my prayer for Queen’s CU is that we grasp this more fully, and bring it to those we rub shoulders with daily. I can only echo the words of King David, who wrote “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1).