As we entered the building, we were anticipating a glorious meeting with the Lord. Several happy people of various nationalities greeted us as we arrived and walked through the main entrance and foyer. As we found our seats in the auditorium, I realized we were seated behind the deaf ministry. The dear lady who interpreted the music portion of the service was a jewel to behold as her facial and hand expressions were like watching an artist in the park create life on a canvas. Then came a moment during the baptismal service that stirs my heart every time I think about it. As folks came up out of the water, the congregation applauded with praise and thanksgiving. The deaf folks raised their hands and gave the sign for clapping! Wow! All these hands were raised in the air making the back-and-forth motion sign. The thought occurred to me, “Without speaking a word, even deaf people can show their rejoicing!” How sad that I often have reason to praise the Lord, and have the ability to utter audible words, yet I act as though I am deaf!
Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord must . . .
1. Show expressive praise
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph (Psalm 47:1).
2. Speak exalted praise
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart (Psalm 32:11).
3. Sing eternal praise
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him (Psalm 68:4).
So, today, based up the great goodness of our God and His mighty acts, what will you do with your hands . . . and your voice?