"So Overwhelmed I Began to Weep"

Song: "There Is None Like You"

 

"O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears" (1 Chron. 17:20).

Lenny LeBlanc became involved in music quite by accident. He related to me, "One day I was visiting in a friend's home and several of the young people there were playing instruments. They asked me if I would sing with them. I agreed to do so, and after a few songs, they said, ‘You sound pretty good.' I responded, ‘I do?'

"They then asked me to get a bass guitar. I asked, ‘What's a bass guitar?' They said, ‘It's the one with the four big strings on it.' I said, ‘Okay.' So I went to work at Eckerd to earn enough money to buy a bass guitar. I taught myself to play it. By the time I was seventeen years of age, I was supporting myself with my music."

Lenny went on to a very successful career in pop music, at first as a studio musician on recordings for singers such as Crystal Gayle, Joan Baez, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., and The Supremes, just to name a few.

Lenny confessed, "My career was my god, and I began to worship the gift God had given me. I was not at a low point in life, nor was I looking or searching for God, but a good friend, a drug smuggler, called me late one night and said, ‘Lenny, I got saved, and I'm going to heaven.' He then said, ‘Lenny, I want you to be there with me. Are you saved?' Without thinking, I said yes, not even knowing what being saved meant. I had, however, had some contact with Christian musicians.

"My friend sent me a Bible, and for the next few weeks God began to reveal His love to me. I began to realize how shallow and selfish my life was, and there in my home I cried out to Jesus for mercy and forgiveness. I could have continued in the field of pop music, but I sensed that God had something different for me."

In 1991, Lenny was asked by Integrity Music to be the worship leader on a CD project, Pure Heart, so he tried to carve out time from his schedule to write some songs for the endeavor. He related this story: "One morning, while at home alone, I was playing the keyboard, and suddenly a tune and some lyrics began coming to me. Before I had finished, I had written the major part of a song, which I titled ‘There Is None Like You.' I was so overwhelmed by the Spirit of God that I began to weep. I found it hard to believe that God would give me such a wonderful song. Because it was so meaningful to me, I soon had it committed to memory."

A few months later, Lenny's song was launched and would find its way around the world by way of the Integrity project Pure Heart. The album was recorded live at Faith Tabernacle in Florence, Alabama, where Lenny coordinates the total worship ministry.

Several years ago Lenny accompanied Don Moen on a trip to Korea, where they were engaged in some extraordinary meetings in an outdoor square with sixty thousand young people present. During one of the sessions they sang "There Is None Like You" in English. Don then had them sing it in their own language. Much to Lenny's surprise, they already knew it; it had been translated into Korean some time before. People would come up to him and say, "Didn't you know that your song is one of the most popular Christian songs, if not the most popular, throughout all of Asia?"

He was completely overwhelmed. He said to me, "It blew me away." The song has been translated into at least a half-dozen languages in the Far East.

As we read through the Scriptures and consider all of our Lord's wonderful deeds, His loving-kindness, and the works of His hands, we remember that the psalmist said, "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! Who has set Your glory above the heavens" (Ps. 8:1). O Lord, there is none like You!

© 2008 by Lindsay Terry. Used by permission.

Lindsay Terry has been a song historian for more than 40 years, and has written widely on the background of great hymns and worship songs including the books I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (2008), from which this piece is excerpted, and The Sacrifice of Praise (2002).

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