by Margaret Feinberg
After a frustrating afternoon, Darlene Zschech (pronounced "check") entered
her study for a time of worship. She opened her Bible to Psalm 96 and within 20 minutes
penned the chart-topping worship song "Shout to the Lord."
just a God deal," she says. "The song was around the world before it was ever
recorded. I was receiving letters from people all over before I ever entered the
Thats because many international visitors had heard her song at
Hills Christian Life Centre in Sydney, Australia, where Zschech, 33, is worship director.
It later was released on the record People Just Like Us. Though best known for "Shout
to the Lord," Zschech is featured on nearly a dozen albums including Jump to the Jam;
Friends in High Places: Touching Heaven, Changing Earth; and Shout to the Lord 2000, an
audio and video project from Hosanna! Music.
Even with her full-time responsibilities as Hills worship
director and as a mother of two (Amy, 9; Chloe, 6), Zschech and her husband, Mark, spend
close to 100 days traveling and ministering.
"I really believe that God is restoring worship to His church all
over the world in spirit and in truth," she says. "The spiritual temperature is
certainly heating up, and Ive heard of and been to hundreds of churches worldwide
that say: We were never a worshipping church, but the hunger for more of Christ has
caused us to become one."
Reprinted by permission, Charisma.