MY TRIBUTE                                                                                     written in 1971

The Story

Andraé Edward Crouch (1942-2015) was the son of bivocational-pastor parents. He says he received the gift of music as a child, when his father was called as a guest preacher and pastoral candidate to a small rural church that had no musicians. He began playing for them at the age of 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band, the COGICS, in 1960.

In 1965 he formed The Disciples, which lasted until 1979, and as a protegé of Audrey MieirRalph Carmichael, and other leading Contemporary Christian Music artists of the time, went on to win a total of nine Grammies, and numerous other awards. He wrote his first well-known song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power“, at the age of 15, but most of his songs that have gained congregational currency flowed from the years when he was active with The Disciples. After The Disciples were disbanded, Crouch continued his recording and performing career, and also became more active in church ministries.

After his parents died (1993-94), with his twin sister, Sandra, he took over the pastorate at the church his parents had led, New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoma, California. In December 2014, Crouch was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure, and in January 2015, he was readmitted to the hospital following a heart attack. He died there five days later, at the age of 72.

In his life, Andrae did pretty much everything. He pastored a church, worked with drug addicts and prostitutes, and produced much of the music for Disney’s The Lion King and Spielberg’s The Color Purple. He performed in more than 60 countries.

Most of all, Andrae enjoyed helping troubled people. A young man named Larry was an example of one of these troubled people. It didn’t seem Larry would ever be one to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, one day, after a church service, Andrae saw Larry weeping… and, soon, Larry surrendered his life to Jesus.

On one occasion after that, Larry called Andrae and asked him to read Luke 15, the chapter that has the stories of the lost sheep and the Prodigal Son. Larry was convinced Andrae could write the greatest song of his career from that chapter. Andrae knew that chapter well, and didn’t find the inspiration to write a great song from that chapter. Until the next day… when inspiration came.

Thinking partly about Larry… and partly about the Prodigal Son, Andrae wrote this song. “To God be the glory for the great things He has done.”

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – give God the glory due Him for the great things He has done in you and through you.

How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me;
Things so undeserved yet You gave to prove your love for me?
The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude.
All that I am, and ever hope to be… I owe it all to Thee.

CHORUS
To God be the glory!  To God be the glory!
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
With His blood He has saved me.  With His power He has raised me.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!

CODA

Just let me live my life and let it be pleasing Lord to Thee,
and if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.

With His blood He has saved me.  With his power He has raised me.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!

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