1. Now thank we all our God, With hearts, and hands and voices; Who wondrous things hath done, In Whom His world rejoices; Who, from our mother’s arms, Hath bless’d us on our way With countless gifts to love And still is ours to-day.
2. O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us, With ever-joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us, And keep us in His grace And guide us when perplexed, And free us from all ills In this world and the next.
3. All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given, The Son, and Him who reigns With them in the highest heaven The One, Eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.
MEMORISE:For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. – (Psalm 30:5)
READ: 1 PETER 1:3-8 (KJV)
3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations;
7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ;
8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;
Perhaps, the most sorrowful period of my life was when my wife was pregnant with our fourth child.
Before we met the Lord, we had three children, all delivered through Caesarean sections.
We had decided not to have any more because the doctor said she couldn’t have a natural delivery and further surgeries may not have been safe.
We became born again and one day, we came across Luke 1:37: “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”
These words gave us the assurance to have another baby.
Throughout the pregnancy, we didn’t see any doctor. Some of our friends were quite apprehensive.
They said my wife could bleed to death during child labour because she could rupture any of the three points where she had been sutured during her previous deliveries.
I kept saying “No, that is not written in my Bible.”
On the delivery date, she laboured for several hours to no avail. Then the second and third day passed and the baby was still not born.
I was becoming really tense. On the third day, the devil whispered to me very clearly
“Stupid man, you claim to have a PhD; fool, your wife is going to die tonight and you will see what her relatives will do to you.”
Suddenly, a holy anger rose up within me and I said
“Listen devil, if my wife dies tonight, I will seek permission from the General Overseer to preach on Sunday, and the first thing I will say is there is nothing that my God cannot do.”
Immediately after, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit strongly with me and I began to pray.
Not long after, I heard the cry of a baby. My wife was the only one at the maternity so it could only have been ours.
After a short while, my Father-in-the-Lord, who had been with us all through, came out of the maternity and told me “Baba aburo” (father of newborn), go and say hello to your wife.” My joy knew no bounds.
Indeed, weeping may endure for a night, but joy surely will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
Dear reader, hold on to the word of God, keep confessing it, shut the devil up in times of discouragement and very soon your joy will become full in the mighty name of Jesus.
Do not despair. Hold fast to the word of God, your joy will surely come.