Inspired by the Holy Spirit celebrating the holiness, awe, and fear of almighty God through biblical references, multilayered abstract audible tonal imagery, spiritually challenging chords and rhythms with musical conversations driving deep into the heart
"All Glory To God Forever!" Original Instrumentals Celebrating The 25th Album of Music Inspired by The Holy Spirit since 2013 by Suzanne Davis Harden for The Glory and Honor of God
“But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.” Matthew 9:8
If someone were to tell me back in 2009 that someday I would become a musician and publish twenty-five albums of music for the glory and honor of my Lord Jesus Christ, I would have told them they were insane.
I was passionate about my art and had been my whole life, completely secure that God had called me to be an artist/writer for children for God’s glory. There had never been any question. I’ve loved drawing from the time I could hold a pencil and was always known as “the artist” in our family. Never had I exhibited any special musical interest or talent the way several of my siblings had. I had quit piano lessons after a few required years due to performance anxiety. I dreaded the annual recitals. After about the third one, I informed my parents that no more would I endure those lessons. I just could not bear performing up on stage. What I enjoyed about my piano lessons were the illustrations in my lesson books. I loved the beautiful line drawings, and even the magnificent design of the grand staff and the notes parading up and down upon it.
One Christmas when our children were young, I asked the Lord to give me a tune for a poem I had written to go along with an illustration I’d made.
I wanted to design it as a song like those in my childhood piano books, and include it in a Christmas gift I was making for my children’s cousins.
After the Lord gave me the simple tune for the poem, I remembered the basic notes from my piano lessons which I wrote above the words of the song. Then my sister Kelly, a gifted musician, helped me notate it correctly on the grand staff.
“The Forest Carol” became the first children’s song the Lord gave me in answer to a prayer so that I could illustrate my Christmas gift to my nieces and nephews. The song looked awesome to me, just like those in my old piano books! How I praised the Lord for answering my prayer for a musical illustration. But in no way was I asking Him to become a musician. Art was my passion. Music existed to inspire me.
Unless I got sick. Somehow whenever I suffered, the Lord used music to help heal me. He would give me what I then called “song poems,” that I would just sing privately to Him in my quiet times. But I had no kind of voice to sing well.
In fact, my son howled when I sang “Jesus Loves Me,” once. My husband always points out he was howling because the dog across the street was howling. Somehow this fact never comforts me.
My dad once said when I sang in my quiet time to the Lord, “Turn that blasted radio OFF!!!!” Once after making a joyful noise to my Lord in my own room with my door shut, my younger sister gave me a sour look and made a sarcastic comment. As I reflect on these things now I wonder if it was not so much how I sang that offended my family, as it was about my subject matter and what might the neighbors or passing golfers think if they discovered there was a young religious fanatic in the house? Yikes!!! !!!!!!!
However, in my teen years after I got saved I was not going to be deterred from singing to the Lord in my quiet times by anyone. In fact, I wore their low opinion of my worship as a badge of honor, deciding I was being persecuted by members of my own household for Jesus.
I was passionately in love with my Savior and worshiping Him was absolutely going to happen whether anyone liked it or not.
When I taught art I used artist’s biographies in an effort to teach my students that being talented in one area didn’t necessarily mean that God would use their special gift or talent in the main work He called them to do for Him forever.
This thought always haunted me. We studied the famous Bible Teacher Oswald Chambers who was an extremely gifted artist and had received a scholarship to study at a prestigious art school when he was young. But then God called him to the ministry. I would always thank the Lord that He had called me to be a children’s writer and illustrator -no question - and fervently prayed that He’d never change His mind. Every day I’d asked Him to use me as an author/illustrator for His glory since my teen years. I always knew that this was His will for me.
My favorite children’s book writer and Illustrator, Beatrix Potter, had up and decided to become a sheep farmer after she got married at around age fifty. Her story distressed me. “Oh Lord, please don’t ever let me change from being an artist.” I couldn’t go anywhere without drawing, or be without a sketchbook and pen. I had no peace if I couldn’t draw.
Then in 2009, I went up to the Altar after the Church Service to pray. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me. He spoke to my heart. He asked would I sing for Him. He asked three times. I was in utter shock. I told Him I’d rather Him take me Home. “My Suzy will you sing for Me?” He knew I could not sing, had no talent or gift for singing and that I was an artist. The Lord simply replied that I was whatever He said I was. “My Suzy will you sing for Me?” The Lord absolutely knew my heart and how I’d literally rather die than be a performer on a stage.
Now the Lord did read my thoughts on the subject for He assured me... I asked you to sing for Me...not perform.” “My Suzy I need your voice...” Well, as long as I don’t have to perform...This thought comforted me to the point where I could agree to sing. If all the Lord wanted was my voice. I figured He just wanted me to lay down my will. To give Him what I most feared. To surrender ALL of me.
Truly, I had no idea what He meant. But I knew I could trust the Lord for He loved me and would never do something to hurt me.
That was in 2009. The Lord absolutely was true to His Word and miraculously did give me a gift to sing and play music as He had promised. At first all I wanted to do was sing. I took singing lessons to learn breath control as my husband suggested and these were great fun. They also provided much relief from my chronic migraines. So much so that I began to believe that the Lord gave me my singing gift as an alternative pain reliever for my migraines. Then He blessed me with the gift to play instrumental music. I took piano and guitar lessons for a while. The Lord taught me how to play my dulcimer and little Zither. But instruments I had to tune I disliked. I was in awe of “real” musicians whenever I had to tune the guitar, dulcimer, or the very worst to tune ~ that handmade beautiful sounding little zither. Oh, if anything could make me want to curse it was tuning that little instrument with the wooden pegs~ I never could seem to get it perfect. How did those people do it? I gained a profound respect for musicians that I confess I never had before as I always was of the opinion that Artists were superior to Musicians in every way. God certainly was humbling me with this music thing.
No matter how many lessons I took I could not seem to play by the notes without a major effort. I could play the prayer songs that the Lord gave me and that was His gift. I did not have to do any work to make those songs. They just came as His gifts. He was creating them, not me. I finally had to accept that was His will. Not to learn to be a musician, but to let Jesus be a musician through me. Three years later He asked me to start sharing some of the songs and instrumentals He’d begun to give me from the time He’d asked me to sing for Him.
My first album published in 2013 was “God’s Rainbow Promise” followed by my holiday release, “Christmas Joy.” These works were great fun to produce as the Lord taught me everything about recording and post audio production so that I would be able to produce each album myself. At first I was able to accomplish so many things by God’s almighty grace despite my auto immune illness.
I knew virtually nothing about the music business. My teenage experience was filled with memories of persecution about my voice. I thought I was going to be thrown to the lions. But I loved the Lord Jesus Christ and trusted Him. I had to either believe He is true or walk away in unbelief. So I chose to walk by faith. “We walk by faith not by sight.” 1 Corinthians 5:2 I received very little encouragement in my decision to follow the Lord’s path for me to pursue music.
The astonishing thing was that as I published each of the albums and the corresponding prayer song books that went with them, my auto immune illness grew worse. Somehow despite my deteriorating strength and energy the Lord continued to do many things through His Holy Spirit working within me. Each album, each book, each post on my blogs, everything I created was a miracle from the risen Lord Jesus Christ and for His glory, for I battled and continue to battle daily with chronic migraines, CFS, fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma, and various other afflictions. In the past two years these health challenges have been so severe as to all but isolate me in my home and practically keep me bed ridden some days. But for the grace of God I could do absolutely nothing at all.
From 2013 to 2019 the Lord has given this visual artist ~ who is only a musician through the power and grace of the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me ~ 368 Published songs and 25 Albums of music for His glory and Honor. His immortal songs have gone out to all this world to proclaim the Holy praises of the Most High God. A young woman once suggested to me that the works that the Lord accomplishes through me are not miracles because they don’t compare with the astonishing things she sees people do with merely natural gifts in popular Talent shows on TV and in viral YouTube videos about amazingly gifted people all over the world.
Indeed, the works God does through me may not appear special when compared to those who are gifted performers. The difference between entertainers and myself is that the risen Lord Jesus Christ has imparted a special gift in me that I don’t naturally possess apart from His Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s work. These works are holy creations born out of worship unto the Lord God and are not performances done for the pleasure of man. They exist to honor and glorify God and to communicate a message from Him to all who will listen.
Please know that the Lord Jesus Christ wants all the world to believe that it is HIM and not Suzanne Harden doing these works. He has allowed my body to suffer so that all those who see and hear what He has given me to share will give HIM glory for these works that His Holy Spirit has done in and through me.
I have said “Yes, Lord, You may use my voice and all of me as You wish.” There was no turning back after I gave Christ my voice. I surrendered everything to the risen Lord Jesus Christ so that He could be glorified in me through His miracle anointing of music.
I did not ask anything of Him in return, for a true sacrifice does not seek a gift in return. Jesus Christ gave all of Himself to me already: On the cross at Calvary. How could I not give Him all of me on the Altar that day in Church? How dare I ask Him to give me anything in return but simply to honor Him? And if it means I must suffer and die to myself in order to bring Him glory, then may His will be done.
Privately at home I sometimes attribute my works as done by Jesus really to remind me of the true Composer and Musician within me. In public, when you see that a work is done, “by Suzanne Davis Harden” may you mentally insert “by the Risen Lord Jesus Christ really.” For the Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit is the true author, illustrator, composer, and musician of all I create. All Glory To God Forever!
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, “I believed, and therefore have I spoken;”
We also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 KJV