Stand And Applaud!

... he threw himself on his face at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him

Luke 17:16
II Kings 5:14-17; Psalms 98:1-4; II Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19

In Raleigh, North Carolina there is a popular preacher who understands the value of expressing thanks to God. And he loves to sing. The problem is, he has a terrible singing voice. He never seems to be able to find the right pitch. Nevertheless, Sunday after Sunday, he stands in the pulpit and sings his heart out with the congregation. Unfortunately, because he is standing close to the microphone, he dominates the singing as his voice blasts through the loudspeakers. One Sunday, the congregation was singing “Now Thank We All Our God” and, as usual, the preacher was taking the lead:

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom His world rejoices . . .

“At this point,” the preacher later said, “I noticed a woman in the front pew had stopped singing and was staring at me. Naturally, I thought she was taken by the beauty of my voice, and…

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