Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Singing a New Song!


A few days ago I was attempting to program my Pandora station for my desk top at work. As I searched for gospel stations I took note of all the categories of gospel music to choose from - Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Gospel, Country Gospel, Instrumental Hymns, etc. I paused to privately chuckle and asked myself the question "What will we sing when we all get to heaven?" "When We All Get to Heaven" is a gospel song I remember singing as a child:

“When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus we will shout and sing the victory!” The chorus: “Everybody will be happy, will be happy over there, we will shout and sing God's praises, everybody will be happy over there!

The church would really begin to “SHOUT” and praise after singing the chorus a few times! You know old time church when the chairs were knocked over and the nurse’s board would come to check your pulse to make sure you were in the Spirit and not cardiac arrest! All of these memories caused me to ask the question - in what gospel music genre will we sing praises to God when we all get to heaven? What language? Will we rap or chant? Not that God would have a preference since he receives our many varied praise and worship every day. It is man who promotes his cultural and domination’s way is best. The scripture simply instructs us to “Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a New Song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people” (Psalm 149:1). (Emphasis added).

I believe we will worship and praise in a most Excellent Way. In my 'sanctified' imagination the angels will call a rehearsal and teach us new songs of praise and worship.The language will not be Chinese, Italian, German, or English but we will sing the new songs in a new key,with new rhythms in a heavenly language to the One God Father and Creator of us all! I imagine it will be music our ears have not heard before, but rather heavenly compositions of music perfectly suited to give God the highest praise, glory and honor. The style, rhythms, or beat won’t matter because we will be happy to sing a New Song in the New Jerusalem. We will make ‘a joyful noise unto the Lord, and come before his presence with singing’ where everyday will be Sunday and the Sabbath will have no end!!

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait!

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About the Founder of Oasis of Prayer Ministries

Reverend Mattie B. Thornton Criddell Reverend Mattie Criddell believes that a viable prayer life is absolutely essential for spiritual development and Christian living; and thus she is dedicated to using her spiritual gifts of teaching and preaching to facilitate the development of an effectual prayer life for all who desire it. She has served God’s people through the Ministry of Prayer for over fourteen years. As the Staff Pastor of Prayer Ministry for The Church Without Walls, she was responsible for every aspect of prayer for the church-body of fourteen thousand active members. She also shared in leading and preaching for the worship experience each Sunday for three of five church services. Oasis of Prayer Ministries is a new call on her life. Reverend Mattie believes that every answer of “yes” to God’s call requires another “yes”, and thus she has answered God’s call to establish Oasis of Prayer Ministries. She has been called by God to help men, women and children everywhere to develop a meaningful prayer life and to maintain a relationship with Him. She anticipates that this ministry of prayer will give her greater opportunities teach the biblical message and methods of prayer, and to lift up the Name of Jesus to a lost world.

Oasis Of Prayer Ministries

Oasis of Prayer Ministries VISION The Oasis of Prayer Ministries seeks to provide a time to rest in God, reflect, reconcile and renew one’s awareness of the presence and power of God in our lives. The Oasis of Prayer provides a space of hospitality devoted to prayer, silence and simplicity. In this environment, the body, mind and spirit are welcomed to be strengthened and purified in response to God’s invitation for divine union and intimacy. MISSION The Oasis of Prayer is committed to advancing the principles, practice and productivity of prayer to expedite the power of prayer and to enhance the development of an intimate relationship with God. What we are about: • The Oasis of Prayer is an ecumenical organization that is open to all who desire to develop and/or advance an intimate relationship with a loving and compassionate God. • The Oasis of Prayer’s primary function is to provide instruction that will assist men and women in how to still away and experience the presence of God. • A Ministry of Prayer that provides instruction to assist individuals and churches to develop an effective prayer life as it has been taught to us by Jesus Christ, Matt. 6:7. • A Ministry of Prayer committed to providing a refuge and solitude through an environment that is conducive to prayer and meditation. • A Ministry of Prayer committed to interceding for those who are hurting and longing to experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. • A Ministry of Prayer committed to providing a time to retreat from the pressures of life and provide a time of guided prayer, reflection and discernment of a loving God. • A Ministry of Prayer committed to providing the information and tools necessary to develop a meaningful prayer life.