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A Day to Give Praise - Sunday, March 11th, 2007 

"Praise the Lord!  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse.  Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.  Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre.  Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.  Praise Him with loud cymbals;  praise Him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!"
~ Psalm 150
 

Yesterday was a day of praise.  Amidst the small details, God showed His mighty deeds.  And in the big things, God revealed His excellent greatness.  What do I mean?  I mean that the Lord has been working even when I am not.  Even when I am at home in Indiana celebrating at a good college friend's wedding, He continues to move on behalf of the 40-day tent revival.  And for this ~ I praise His name.  I lift His name on high.  God is in control, and for this I thank Him. (Especially when I don't have cell phone reception in the middle of the corn fields of Indiana!)  

As I was sitting in the wedding, during the prayer time, I found myself in love more and more with the Lord.  All I wanted to do was exalt His name. And when music was playing at the end of the wedding, all I wanted do was sing of His goodness.  I wanted to praise Him with instruments...even if it was, like the psalms says, with cymbals. You see, right before I went into the wedding, I found out that we have one more confirmed worship team, and one more "possible" worship team for the evening worship services.  Just like, at the snap of a finger, the Lord has provided.  Isn't God good? 

And just as the Lord moved before the wedding, the Lord moved after the wedding.  As I was at the wedding reception with my closest college buddies, the Lord did it again. While eating dinner, one of my good friends handed me an envelope.  The envelope was from the 6 guys I lived with in college...we are the FODE boys!  In the envelope was an very generous amount of $20 bills.  Even with our distance, my college buddies wanted to support my family and the path we have taken (they live in Arizona, Nebraska, Washington D.C., and Indiana) of pursuing revival.  For this reason, I went into the bathroom and humbly wept in the bathroom stall in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  God is so good!   

Let us continue to remember to always praise the Lord wherever we are at and whatever we are doing!  Whether we are in Indiana or in Texas, or whether we are working or playing, let "everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord." 
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan