Meditating on Psalm 96:
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples. (Ps. 96:1-3)
Psalm 96 is a psalm of glorious praise to God. Verse upon verse, the psalmist poured out in beautiful words all His wonders among all peoples, His honor and majesty, His strength and beauty. For the God who made the heavens is great and greatly to be praised!
The Israelites of old had seen His marvellous works; shouting out His praises was the least they could do. And we do that, too, as the redeemed of the Lord, mercifully delivered by Him from the wrath to come.
But in ancient Israel, they did not only praise in victory, they also praised through the battle. King Jehoshaphat, his army, and all of Judah sang and praised their way to battle until the Lord gave them victory against their enemies. (See 2 Chronicles 20).
And you know what? This is also what has been taught us in our church, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, an apostolic Christian Church. Yes, we don’t only praise in triumphs, we praise through trials. We praise through sicknesses, challenges, dangers, emergencies, problems, sorrow…
There has been a lot of persecution against the Church because, instead of running to the hospital for instance, the believers just praise, worship, fast and pray for healing and deliverance.
Faith. It is our way of life.
Just last Sunday worship service, I heard beloved Sister Cecille Padilla, a member of the Jesus Finest Generation Choir, testify about another miracle in her life (the first one I hope to write about at Minister of Mercy next time). The week before that, she received a call from her sister-in-law in the province (Cabanatuan City) informing her that her mother-in-law, who was sick of leukaemia, had worsened and was brought to the hospital. (Sis. Cecille’s beloved husband works abroad). They needed to go home at once since the mother was dying.
When Sis. Cecille and her other sister-in-law arrived in the hospital, they were informed that the doctors could no longer do anything for their mother, hence, they were instructed to bring her home.
At home, family and relatives had gathered around the sick, painfully waiting for the inevitable. The neighbors also stood outside showing their deep concern for the family. Sis. Cecille’s mother-in-law lay in bed, very sick and weak. She was coughing out blood and there were traces of dried blood at the corners of her eyes.
Who would live in that state?
But the God we serve is powerful and miraculous! He heals! The Lord Jesus heals!
Sis. Cecille did not lose heart. She had seen many miracles happening in Church and heard numerous testimonies she was not about to give up now. Together with her other sister-in-law who has also been saved, they praised and worshiped, and in between, prayed agonizingly. All through the night, they were on their knees, praising, worshiping, praying, casting out the demons of disease.
In the morning, after they had taken a short nap, they checked on their mother and, behold, she was already sitting on the bed! She started to eat and she ate well. She recovered fast in just a few days. When the neighbors saw her walking around their home, having gained weight and strength, they were all amazed. And who wouldn’t?!
The God of the universe, the God who mercifully saved a wretched like me and is also gradually healing me, is still in the business of working miracles, of healing, and doing wondrous things! Can we shout Halleluiah!?
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Give to the Lord the glory due His name… (vv. 7-8)
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad!… (v. 11)
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