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We had a lay witness mission retreat this past weekend. It brought back great memories of praise.
If you have never tried praising the Lord, please try it. I guarantee, you will like it.
Psalm 63:2-5 “To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.”
Here is one experience we had in a well known denominational church in Indiana. We went into this church on Friday night, had a service Friday night, one Saturday morning, one Saturday night and one Sunday morning.
Before we arrived, they had only one service a week which was at 9:30 on Sunday morning. The church members that Roberta and I stayed with told us they did this so they could have the rest of the Sunday to do what they wanted to do.
Most of the time, when we go to a church, after the Sunday service is over, we leave for home. The church would evaluate what they though we did right or wrong and then send our coordinator a report.
This church wanted us to stay over and they would tell us what they thought while we there. We agreed. The church tore into us with a bitter Spirit. o hear them tell it, everything we did was wrong.
Finally, one of the church members said, “And you all saying ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord,’ made us nervous.”
By this time, I had taken about all I could take. I stood up and asked to make a comment.
“What if you all go to Heaven and don’t know how to praise the Lord? Won’t you think you went to the wrong place? Because my Bible says that is what we will be doing.”
Needless to say, that ended that meeting. On the way home, Roberta and I were really disappointed. But you see, when we give up, God takes over especially when we step out in his name.
About six weeks after we had been to this church, Roberta and I got a letter from a lady who belonged to the church. And it went like this, she said, since you all were here, we have been having Sunday School, Sunday morning worship, Sunday night worship and Wednesday night prayer meeting, cottage prayer meeting in different member’s homes on Friday nights, and have started a youth group.
Down at the bottom of the letter she wrote;
P.S. and you know what we have learned? How to Praise the Lord!