The CMA Music Festival is in full swing and day two was a scorcher. Temps easily reached the low to mid 90’s. Add that to the hundreds of thousands of sweaty bodies, the lack of shade along with the abundance of blacktop, and you’ve got a whole lotta sweaty, gross, stinky bodies willing to brave it all for a glimpse of their favorite star and some great music.
We got a late start yesterday, thanks to the heat, but still managed to take in a few shows. Riverfront rocked with performances from Chase Bryant and Thompson Square. If you’ve never seen Chase Bryant, you’re missing out, especially if you’re a guitar enthusiast because he can really tear into on. Thompson Square is adorable as ever, and their quirky style made them even more fun to watch.Afterwards, we head over the Chevy Cruz stage to catch RaeLynn and Chuck Wicks before heading over to the HGTV Lodge to see Charles Kelley perform solo for fans. RaeLynn is adorable, and we can’t wait to see what music she’ll come up with next. Chuck Wicks, fresh from the Iron Man, has a great relationship with the crowd, looking at fans and getting personal with all those in eyesight.
The nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium were a showcase of unique talent. Frankie Ballard ripped through the National Anthem via electric guitar solo before iconic Clint Black took the stage to perform hits and new music. Chris Stapleton proved why he’s Male Vocalist of the year, and rightly so. His low-key set had the crowd on their feet singing along to every word.
Sam Hunt gave a show that I’m certain was fueled by an energy drink. He belted out hits like “House Party” and “Leave the Night On” while running around the massive stage and getting personal with the fans in the front. Eric Church, always a favorite, performed a much more understated set than years past, that was much too brief.
Before bringing out legend Hank Williams Jr., Chris Janson got the crowd ready to party with “Buy Me a Boat” and Justin Moore performing “You Look Like I Need a Drink.” Hank partied hard and brought Chris Janson back out, showing the younger fans who Bocephus really is.Carrie Underwood closed out the show with a rocking set that included “Smoke Break,” “Church Bells” and more!
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3. Foolish Rebellion: (Psalm 107:17-22) Foolishness has crippled and destroyed many a person and the Bible gives stern warning regarding fools. (Proverbs 13:20). Rebellion produces affliction and leads a man into iniquity. A fool sees life through his own eyes, thinking he is on the righteous path, yet the path he travels only leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12). Are you walking the path of rebellion and foolishness, deceiving yourself into thinking you are wise? Today you can turn from the path of destruction and the grave and receive healing and new life in Jesus’ Name. All you need to do is cry out. “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. (Psalm 107:19-20). The Lord gives wisdom lavishly to all who ask. (James 1:5). The Psalmist again reminds us that God is to be praised for His wonderful deeds and that we are to tell the world of His great works. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.(Psalm 107:21-22)
4. Worldly Reliance: (Psalm 107:23-32) It is easy to lose focus and suddenly find ourselves relying on our own efforts and achievements, forsaking the sovereignty of God. We begin to trust in our own accomplishments, wisdom and strength, being subtly enticed to rely on everything but God. We become like a drunkard on a ship, tossed by the storms and winds of life, suddenly finding ourselves in peril and distress. Our Lord is long suffering (2 Peter 3:9) and comes to rescue the sailor tossed about by the winds and waves of life. He is the Lord of the winds and sea and He calms us in our distress. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. (Psalm 107:28-30). The great deeds of the Lord are witness in the assembly of believers as well as to a watching world that is desperately seeking meaning and purpose. One day all the world will know that Jesus saves. Our hope is in Him and not the trappings of this world. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders. (Psalm 107:31-32)