In response to a recent previous Blog Post, ‘Are you having a laugh?!’, we recently received this wonderful message from a lady who is one of our subscribers.
We think it will bless and encourage you and serves to illustrate how The Lord seems to be emphasising to CTNTP the importance of us releasing his His ‘Joy’, through singing and creating ‘a sound’.
‘I was amazed when I received your email… about God sending laughter!
One of my favourite Psalms is Psalm 100. I learned it off by heart when I was a child – I am 73 – and it has been very precious to me over the years.’
‘Almost two years ago the lovely hymn came into my mind…”All people that on earth do dwell.” I sang it around the house for a few days – I’m not much of a singer – and one morning I was in my lounge having my prayer time and I started to sing it quietly. I heard, with my spiritual ears, the Lord say “Did you know that hymn is based on one of your favourite Psalms…100.
I told the Lord I had never made that connection although I had known the hymn many years as we sang it at school when I was young. I started to sing it quietly again and the Lord spoke to me again. “Sing it louder” so I sang it a bit louder.
Then the Lord said to me “Sing it with gusto!” So I started to sing it even more loudly! “All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with mirth”……..As soon as I sang the word “mirth” I felt a thump on my abdomen – it wasn’t at all painful – and I started to laugh uncontrollably!
I laughed and laughed and praised the Lord and rolled around on my chair for many minutes with tears streaming down my face. It was an amazing experience! I know the Lord did something new in my life that day.
Since that day I have prayed as I’ve never prayed before and have started a prayer group in my home and each week just a small number of us give thanks to our God and intercede for our church, our families, our nation and anything else that God brings to our minds.
About six weeks ago I had another similar experience whilst making a long drive home – again whilst I was singing In my car. God is doing amazing things in this nation of ours and I stand in awe of him!
I worship in a Pentecostal church but I have never before had an experience like that!’
(Name withheld by request)
Psalm 100 – The Passion Translation
A poetic song for thanksgiving
1 Lift up a great shout of joy to the Lord!
Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere!
2 As you serve him, be glad and worship him.
Sing your way into his presence with joy!
3 And realize what this really means—
we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God.
For he is our Creator and we belong to him.
We are the people of his pleasure.
4 You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise.
Come right into his presence with thanksgiving.
Come bring your thank offering to him
and affectionately bless his beautiful name!
5 For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you.
He’s so loving that it will amaze you—
so kind that it will astound you!
And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all.
Everyone knows our God can be trusted,
for he keeps his promises to every generation!