I just need to celebrate what happened on Sunday in our worship services. Mark Brown
preached a wonderful message on Psalm 103 titled, “Forget Not His Benefits.” We culminated the worship service with an idea we saw another church do on YouTube called, Cardboard Testimonies. This was a beautiful demonstration of Psalm 145 worship – one generation commending the works of the Lord to another. Praise was rising from Trinity Church in a powerful way on Sunday, and I know that many people’s faith was strengthened as a result of this powerful proclamation of the greatness of our God on display through the mighty works of God. This type of transparency and celebration is exactly what many others and I have been praying for our church and I can barely contain my joy to see it happening. God is alive and presently at work in the lives of his people and we must declare it, celebrate it, and rally around this work inside and outside of our worship services. In so doing, we not only bring praise to God, we also invite others to open
their lives to the work of God, and enter a faith relationship with him. God does not seem real to people unless we are willing to be real about our stuff on the front of the cardboard. There is no shame in failures, disappointments, sins, diseases, and the admission that we are in the pit and in need of rescue. What’s on the front of the cardboard gets eclipsed by the beauty of what’s on the other side. It is grace that becomes the centerpiece of beauty reflected in the life of the redeemed, rescued, healed and forgiven Christ-follower. That brings God the greatest glory! Now wouldn’t it be cool if all of the churches in our area joined in offering this type of praise to God! We’d all be scrambling for space because our churches would be overflowing with people who are experiencing “the benefits of God” and gathered to publicly declare their gratitude in worship to him.
“Praise the Lord, oh my soul. Let all that is within me praise his holy name!”