Meditations of a christizen (christian-citizen)upon today's topics.
|Amidst all the bad news we hear, such as Russian strong man Vladimir Putin’s imperial excursion into the affairs of Ukraine, the already historically deadly year in Chicago, (100 homicides as of Sunday April 27th)* and other such blights on the world scene, it is a welcome oasis of inspiration in a desert of desperation to hear a story with a happy ending.
Willie Myrick and his bold response to possible tragedy have recently made the news. The 10 year old suburban Atlanta boy sang and praised his way out of being held hostage by a kidnapper. He repeatedly sang lyrics to the song “Every Praise” (every praise is to our God) even as the man who kidnapped him continued to hold him captive. The perpetrator eventually tired of the lad’s singing and let him go. Praise the Lord! (just as an aside he learned that song in Sunday school)**
I contend that this incident demonstrates the reality of the spirits of the air, angels of God and of the devil. The intense praise of the almighty Jehovah, makes cause discord among the demons that drive the depraved who are driven to deliver disarray, destruction, despair and disaster upon our weary world such that it distracts and destroys those demons intent for a moment and even a season. Praise works.
It is proven that praise repels the devil, his demonic army and those people enslaved within their grasp. I bear witness to a less remarkable but still noteworthy example of this. I recall a Sunday (or Friday) night service in the inner city (Chicago) whereby a drunken and/or drugged man interrupted our service with his abusive tone and language. The young minister, a St. Louis native, who was leading the service, decided to out shout the man. Fortunately, one of our matrons stood up and began again praising in song. It drove that person (and his demons) away.
I can’t help but wonder if the most brilliant display of praise ever recorded was part of young Mr. Myrick’s Sunday school lesson. I refer to the time Jehoshaphat, a Godly king of Judah, after having conferred with the prophet and readying the people with a nationwide prayer and fast, summoned the choir to encounter the enemy armies instead of the military.
The bible says that “…he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. “ (see II Chronicles 20:21 Holy Bible KJV) The choir went out to the battlefield and the military of the combined three nations attacking them turned upon one another and slaughtered themselves. Not a shot fired nor a sword swung by the people of God
It is of no wonder that Bishop Hezekiah Walker, lead singer of “Every Praise” and director of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir practices the tenants of prayer, preaching and praise. And, I can’t help but imagine that when and if Willie Myrick’s Sunday school comes across that history concerning King Jehoshaphat, he will think to himself as he ponders the lesson, “I know the feeling.”
*www.redeyechicago.com › Redeye statistics recorded by the Chicago Tribune's transit paper.
** Yes, it’s a shameless plug, but I do have a poem in honor of Sunday school on this web page. It’s called “Ode to a Sunday School Teacher”