“I FEEL like singing all the time,
My tears are wiped away;
For Jesus is a Friend of mine,
I’ll serve Him every day.
I’ll praise Him ! praise Him ! praise Him all the time !https://www.hymnaryapps.com/sacred-songs/no/218
Praise Him ! praise Him ! I’ll praise Him all the time!”
Singing to the glory of God solves the direst of problems and soothes the soul. You don’t believe me? Well, these testimonies of mine – by the grace of God – would prove my earlier statement. Let’s start from earlier last year…
I had an attack on my brain. I couldn’t control my thoughts, I had terrible dreams, I was always forgetful – so much so that I got stranded at a bus-stop for over 5 minutes because I couldn’t remember the name of the next bus-stop I had to get to; I had never felt so panicked in my life as at that moment – and last but not the least, I couldn’t write; forget about academic papers or technical write ups, I couldn’t write a simple composition about myself.
I remember writing unfinished incoherent sentences, blank spaces and uncontrollable tears that often lulled me to sleep; I felt my level of intelligence rapidly dropping and there was nothing I could do about it…Nothing, except praise Him. I figured if I was going to cry anyways, why not cry to God because,
“My Father’s hand will never causehttps://www.hymnaryapps.com/sacred-songs/no/661
His child a needless tear.”
The more I sang praises to God each passing day, the easier I took charge of my brain; and to the glory of God, my brain got healed and here I am, writing about it.
On the 24th of January 2019, I wrote in my journal,
was a battle. I was so sick in the morning. I had flashes of dreams and occurrences; I woke up feeling cold, my chest hurt and I was running temperature in and out. It was tough but never tough for my God. As David cried out in Psalms 8, 9, 10, I also cried out to my Lord and He came to my rescue. I’ve never recovered from a sickness so quickly in my life. PRAISES move my Lord and I AM SO THANKFUL that He’s by my side always. I was able to carry out today’s fasting till 7:00 pm because of HIM. House fellowship attendance for this week was 100%. PRAISE THE LORD!!!”Boulaibere
HALLELUJAH! and a warm hug I got from my mom who sang and danced with me later that year when I fought a terrible headache. Doctors are great and drugs are necessary but those didn’t soothe the intense banging in my head for three days straight. It was like a push-pull relationship, the headache and I; one minute it was gone (courtesy Panadol), the next it was back in multiplied force. It was truly a painful and weakening experience but then, what was headache compared to the city of Jericho in the book of Joshua chapter 6, whose imposing walls,
“…fell down flat…”https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Joshua-6-20/
…at the shout (praise) of the children of Israel to the Lord – NOTHING. My mom and I bonded over that praise session and I got completely healed.
What about this new year? Well, God indeed has been faithful and has definitely won the “friend of a lifetime” medal where I’m concerned. Last night, I felt sad – I felt the year hadn’t even kicked off properly and I was already making countless mistakes especially towards my parents. I decided – to the glory of God – to add praises to my routine Bible study before bed so as to ask for mercy and forgiveness. I was led to Sacred Songs and Solos hymn 690 whose first stanza and chorus goes thus,
“GIVE thanks unto God who is able and willinghttps://www.hymnaryapps.com/sacred-songs/no/690
To save to the uttermost all who draw near ;
To send out His light, their redemption fulfilling,
While His wonderful love shall dispel every fear.
Arise ! . . arise ! . . Arise, for thy light is come.
Arise ! . . arise ! . . Arise, for thy light is come !’
The light … of truth . . to lead . . . thee home ; . .
Arise ! oh, arise ! for thy light is come !
I’d never felt so reassured and hopeful for a new year in my life; just like that, my heart felt lighter. This is the power of praise, don’t be afraid to use it.
“…praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.”https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Psalms-117-1/
Happy New Year | Have a blessed decade.