Psalm 150:6 – Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
The first time I ever saw him was his first visit to the church I pastored. I pastored that church for 28 years; July 6, 1986 to July 6, 2014. It was in the 80’s when he first came to our church. He and his wife of many years walked from their car to the steps leading up to the church door. He paused for a few moments before making the ascent. For him it was quite a task. He had emphysema, likely from the chemicals in paint he used as an industrial painter for many years. He ascended three steps, stopped to get his breath, and then took the last two steps to the door level. White hair with a white moustache, slender, and appearing a bit feeble, he came into the church. He, his wife, and is daughter (already a part of our church) had many years before served and ministered with the Salvation Army. He loved winning souls, and he loved to sing. But with the emphysema, that was only an occasional line from an old song.
They attended our church for several weeks, and one Sunday night, he came forward to receive prayer for healing from the emphysema. Several folks in the congregation gathered around him to add their agreement and support. We prayed the prayer of faith, and when we declared, “Amen,” it was done indeed. He lifted his hands and rejoiced. His rejoicing was loud and strong. The rejoicing among the congregation was sweet. As the loud rejoicing gave way to quiet worship among the people, he began to sing. His voice, though not used in this manner for many years, was strong and pleasant. He was worshipping the Lord out of the depths of his spirit. But something was different that night. There was no shortness of breath, gasping for air, or leaning on someone to help steady him after exertion. He was strong. After a few lines of the song he was singing, his wife, and then his daughter joined him in song. The harmony was sweet and rich. And the rejoicing in the congregation reached a new crescendo. It was obvious that Acts 29 was in full operation that Sunday evening.
Over the next few years, he, his wife, and his daughter would often minister in song in our services. He became one of our most ardent working men in the church. Anything that needed to be done, regardless of how physical, he was up to it, and did it well. Yes, he had been totally healed. He was a living product of Acts 29, and he truly rejoiced in it whenever he joined us in any church ministry or function. What a joy to see a life impacted, changed, and so enriched by the work of Holy Spirit in Acts 29 almost 19 centuries after the writing of the New Testament was complete.
Manna for Today – Psalm 150; John 4:19-26; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21