In the world of country music, there are few names as revered as Reba McEntire. Having entertained audiences worldwide with her exceptional talent and melodious voice, she has had a remarkable career with hits like “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Fancy,” and “Does He Love You.” However, in a special performance at the iconic Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, she shifted her focus from singing about human relationships to expressing her relationship with Jesus Christ.
As the lights dimmed and the crowd hushed, Reba walked onto the stage, beginning her performance with the heartfelt hymn, “Jesus Loves Me.” This song, so simple yet profoundly meaningful, speaks of Christ’s unconditional love for us. As the lights brightened, the crowd responded with enthusiastic applause, acknowledging the beauty and sincerity of her rendition. Reba, visibly moved by the reaction, took a graceful bow.
Transitioning seamlessly, Reba then performed her uplifting song, “I’ve Got the Lord on My Side,” a declaration of joy and confidence stemming from her faith. As she sang the cheerful and catchy lyrics, her radiant smile and exuberant demeanor were evidence of the genuine happiness she felt in that moment. The lyrics of the song, reflecting the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 118:6, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?” encouraged listeners to participate actively, prompting them to stomp, clap, and sing if they too felt the joy of having the Lord on their side. The audience, resonating with the message, clapped in unison with Reba and the musicians on stage.
This inspiring performance by a globally renowned artist at the pinnacle of her career is a poignant reminder of the power of using one’s gifts to glorify the Lord. Reba McEntire, in sharing her faith and happiness with the world, not only entertained but also encouraged and uplifted the spirits of those present and those who would later watch the video of this memorable occasion.