Yes, Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
There's Dancing in the House Tonight!
"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever!" Psalm 30:11-12
"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."
Thomas Ken 1637-1711
The Doxology is a familiar song to most of us I am certain...many can sing it totally from memory because we have sung it every Sunday since we were first carried into church as little children.. But I wonder how many have ever stopped to listen to exactly what we are singing? Do we really believe what we are saying? Do we actually mean what we sing? As with so many familiar prayers, songs, and affirmations of our faith, we often just say the words without thinking. Certainly we would say that we believe what we are saying...but do we really?
Tonight I can honestly say that this Doxology of praise to God was the first thought that came to my mind when my son Matthew called to tell me the results of his doctor appointment in Boston. You see, for the past several weeks we have been praying, pleading, and crying out to God to heal our son from the horrible diagnosis that had been pronounced upon him. In the past couple of days, God had filled me with an inner peace that could only have come from above. In my heart I believed that today's news would be good news, but in my head I was still a bit afraid to fully announce it for fear of being wrong and possibly causing some to doubt God. But I shouldn't have feared...
The good news is that the Dr. has said that he believes that this cancer has been caught early enough to be able to eradicate it with a year of chemo and monitoring. He said that he has never seen this particular rare and aggressive cancer discovered this early before, so he feels that Matthew has a very good chance of a cure.
We are praising God tonight for this answer to prayer! We know that only God could have directed Matthew to find that tumor at such an early stage. The Dr. said most people don't discover it until it is too far advanced, so he is very optimistic.
Matthew says to please thank everyone for your prayers...but please don't stop now and get too comfortable. He still has a long, difficult road ahead of him, and will need a lot of prayer support to get through it. We know that God has His hand on Matthew and his family...and we can only stop and praise Him for His mercy and grace once again.
"I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place." Psalm 31:7-8