Praise Jehovah, The Great I Am



Praise Jehovah, the King of Kings

Praise Jehovah, You’re my everything

From the rising of the Sun

To the going down of the same

Praise Jehovah, the Great I am


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“Strength” / John P. Kee & New Life Community Choir

Video

Strength to make it, Strength to take it
I’ve got the strength to know that everything will work out fine
Strength to suffer, Strength to conquer
I’ve got the strength to know the blessings of the Lord are mine

Lord, I’m ‘Available to You’ (Gospel/Scripture)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing

to God—this is your true and proper worship.  

Romans 12: 1 NIV



Now I’m giving back to You, all the tools You gave to me

My hands, my ears, my voice, my eyes

So You can use me as You please

I have emptied out my cup, so that You can fill it up

Now I am free, I just want to be more available to You

 

Lord, I’m available to You

My will I give to You

I’ll do what You say do

Use me Lord to show someone the way, and enable me to say

My storage is empty, and I am available to You

  • Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers / “Available to You”

A powerful rendition of this Gospel gem by the Young Adult Choir of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden MD.  3 versions (two live) of this uplifting song are provided in this post.

Do you want to be a living sacrifice like the man who wrote this song?

  • The 1990 song as originally recorded by Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers (link) and performed live (link).

  • The live performance video (link above) leads with the testimony of Carl Moody, Jr. (who wrote the song) – as shared by Rev. Milton Brunson. Carl wanted to be a living sacrifice, to be available to the Lord.  Carl wrote a beautiful song!



Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed

by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to

test and approve what God’s will is—his

good, pleasing and perfect will. 

 Romans 12: 2 NIV


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How Christ Can Bless You: Suddenly (Gospel/Scripture)

I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 48:3 (NIV)

 


 

 


Suddenly

New Birth Total Praise Choir (Bishop Eddie Long)

featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Verse 1
There’s been a change in me,
once blind but now I see,
God gave me victory;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Verse 2
He changed the way I walk,
He changed the way I talk,
He changed my attitude;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Vamp 1
Jesus did it,
oh yes, He did it,
and He did it suddenly.

My God changed me,
I’m not the same,
and He did it suddenly, suddenly.

(repeat as desired)

And He did it suddenly…

Vamp 2
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.

Vamp 3
He did it suddenly.
He did it suddenly.

Writer: Soraya Lamilla
Copyright: Lyrics © BONDED MUSIC PUBLISHING , Universal Music Publishing Group


SCRIPTURE

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Isaiah 43:15, 18, 19 (NIV)

I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

 


Photo credit: blackgospel.com (Spirit and Trust release, EMI Gospel, May 18 2004)

Lyrics credit: Lyricsondemand.com

 

Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone

Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet. 

While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:

That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.

  • If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled.  Heaven only happens in Heaven.  Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you.  If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
  • You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card.  You have God by your side!  While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels.  Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you.  Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation.  Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’.  Why? Praise is your weapon!

Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing.  We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.

  • Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
  • Your church is a common Praise Place.  

So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly.  It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though.  Where is your armor?  Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.

Experience joy the world can’t take away.  Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’.  Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!    

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, dies at 74

Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Oh, when He washed (When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (Oh, happy day)
Oh, it’s a happy day (Oh, happy day)


Edwin R. Hawkins passed away this week at the age of 74.  A church organist at the young age of 16, he would spend nearly six decades using the great musical gifts that God had given him.
  • The first video below is a TBN interview of him done in Summer 2010.
  • The last video below is a great rendition of “Oh Happy Day“, a song which The Edwin Hawkins Signers are likely best known for.
  • This tune was popular and had great crossover appeal; in the interview done just a month or so after the passing of his brother, Walter Hawkins, he stated that Oh Happy Day was played first on rock stations (yes rock) which didn’t normally play gospel . . . and it’s appeal spread around the world in 1968-1969 like a wildfire. Gospel, R&B, rock, & country radio stations were playing the song!
  • By the way, the song was a gospel adaptation of a hymn written in 1854 (that is not a typo).

Rest in peace Edwin Reuben Hawkins.


The aforementioned interview (August 2010) with Donnie McClurkin:

A rendition of the song in a popular movie, Sister Act:

A great video of On Happy Day featuring his brother, Walter:


He taught me how (He taught me how)
To watch and fight and pray
Watch and pray.