Tuesday, September 26, 2006

We Praise Thee O God

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

Tonight in our Girls' Group Bible study, we focused on prayer. We had a Concert of Prayer. I was not familiar with this practice, but after the evening was over I felt it was a blessed time. Our time was spent praying about seven different areas: 1). Forgiveness 2). Thanksgiving 3). Worries and concerns 4). Government and authorities 5). Evangelism 6). Edification 7). Praise.

Throughout the 45 minutes we spent in conversation with our Lord, I felt encouraged and lifted up. It truly was a wonderful time. I felt really convicted that my prayer life has been suffering immensely. The Lord placed on my heart the desire and need to spend more time in prayer. I felt especially encouraged during the last portion of our Concert of Prayer: the praises. God has been doing amazing things in my life and I often forget to give Him complete acknowledgement. Today was a beautiful day, as the recent autumn days have been, and the praises were well overdue. Psalm 9:1-2 struck a chord with me tonight: “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” This hymn immediately came to mind and has since been running through my head.

Revive Us Again
Words by: William P. Mackay, 1863

We praise Thee O God! for the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus who died, and is now gone above.

Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! aman;
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

We praise Thee O God! for Thy spirit of light.
Who has shown us our Savior, and scattered our night.

Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! aman;
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain,
Whoo has borne all our sins, and hath cleansed ev'ry stain.

Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! aman;
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.

Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! aman;
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

Praise God!

"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee." Psalm 143:8

2 comments:

Chris said...

I really enjoyed this one Lyd, I like the idea of the "Concert of Prayer!" We'll have to do that sometime, especially noting specific areas of need, praise and glory. Thanks for the post!

strem said...

Very interesting. Hope to speak to you tonight at services about this experience.