Weekly Update – The power of praise (17th February 2022)

I don’t know about you, but I found it so helpful to worship God together as church family on Sunday.  I came to church with a sense of heaviness; I’d attended the prayer meeting on the night Ali died and found it really difficult, but worshipping God, declaring truths about our faith – remembering that whatever we go through it is well with our souls because Jesus holds us for eternity through all the storms of life, reminding ourselves that God is the way maker, miracle worker, light in the darkness, that God is at work even when we can’t see it or feel it – this was good for my soul.  There’s a reason why we often feel better after singing songs to God – we’ve been made to worship – and it’s our destiny to worship God forever.  Charles Wesley puts this beautifully in the hymn we began our service with, “Love divine, all loves excelling” – 

Thee we would be always blessing, 
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing, 
glory in thy perfect love.

Matt Redman also puts it powerfully and poignantly:

On that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come,
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore.

Whatever happens, may we remain people of worship as we’ve been made to be, and may we make the final verse of “Love Divine, all love’s excelling” our prayer:

Finish, then, thy new creation; 
true and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation 
perfectly restored in thee.
Changed from glory into glory, 
till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee, 
lost in wonder, love and praise.

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