I thought I would share the lyrics to one of my favorite Richard Smallwood songs, "My Everything (Praise Waiteth)." This song is based on Psalm 65, the lesson this week in the UMI Commentary. This song of David is a song of thanksgiving for an abundant harvest received after a drought was averted. I have been writing about vows here at the start of the new year. Psalm 65 opens with a vow (resolution or promise) to praise Yahweh for hearing and answering the prayers of the people of Israel. "Praised waiteth for Thee..." in the KJ in verse 1 is translated in the NLT, "What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you for you answer our prayers. All of us must come to you. (Vv1-2).
Oh, what praise still awaits God in 2017 from his people because He is faithful to his promises. This is potential praise. Potential praise is energy waiting to happen. We turn potential praise to active praise through focus. I don't know about you, but I owe God back praise! If he doesn't do another thing for me, He has already done enough for me to praise him the rest of my life. There is praise within all our spirits that awaits its intended Recipient, Yahweh, the true and living God. We must focus. When we focus on the acts of God, the blessings of God, and a future with God, potential praise is activated.
Let us praise the Lord this MLK Holiday weekend, and keep our promises to worship and obey him. He has brought us a mighty, mighty long way! He has heard and answered our ancestors. In spite of bigotry, racism, and hatred, He has blessed us, as a people, and as a nation in so many ways! Hallelujah! Jesus saves!
Oh Lord, Your My Everything
Praise Wait-Eth For Thee My King
Oh-Oh, Thou Who Hear-Eth Everthing
Oh Lord, Your My Ev-Ry-Thing
Repeat As Directed
You-Are My Light
That Shines-In The Midst Of Darkness
You-Are My Help
Your're There-In Times Of Trouble- [Modulaton]
If Not But For Your Mercy
Oh Lord, Your're My Ev-Erything
[Repeat As Directed]
Praise Wait-Eth For Thee