Today is 24th April, 2016 and the last SCC service in the semester was held at the Royal Parade Grounds as usual. It was a special SCC service; it marked some other remarkable events. There was a handing over for the student leadership of the SCC, it was the last SCC service for the incumbent SRC executives, the incumbent Vice Chancellor, the incumbent GRASAG executives and it was also the last SCC service for all the final year students! As such, there were a good number of speeches from various categories of people, both junior and senior members alike.
In times like these, the most remarkable of all is what God has to tell his people. The man of God who ministered unto the church was Rev. Dr. Peter Ohene Kyei (Rector-Pentecost University College). He spoke on the topic, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul”. He said it was the important message God laid on his heart for the congregation. The main text was taken from Psalm 100.
He started by making the gathering understand that we humans were created to praise God. That said, he quickly added that as men, we tend to praise other things including, celebrities, football teams, coaches, and what have you? Thus, he set out to make the people of God understand how important it is to praise the name of the Lord. “You can praise men, but God MUST be praised.”
First of all, we have to praise God for the things he has done unto us. As a people, we have gathered here today to praise God and the only thing causing any harm to us, if at all, is the sun. Elsewhere, people gather to worship and bombs are thrown into their midst. As individuals, we wake up each day as if everything is normal. Someone went to bed with plans of what to do the next day but when he got up, he found his limbs numb and could not even voice out any word. He had had stroke! As KNUST, God has led us through the 6-year term of another VC. And to all who are living office and assuming office, never look back and say you did well. Just bless the name of the Lord.
Let us not be like the people of old in Deuteronomy 8:10 who would praise God only after they have eaten to satisfaction or have built good houses. Sometimes we tend to focus on ourselves even say, “we are self-made.” But let us not forget that the things that cause us to forget God are prosperity and pride. David went through series of agonizing experiences but at the end of it all, he was telling his soul to bless the lord. That is what we should do every day of our lives and at everywhere we find ourselves. In our cars, houses, with our families, and with all our faculties, and through the music we listen to; let us praise the name of the Lord.
We also need to praise the name of the Lord because He took away all our iniquities and healed all our diseases. There are times we get sick of chronic illnesses or even diseases doctors are unable to diagnose, but God heals us from all of them. (James 5:14-15). God also redeems our lives from destruction. Sometimes we take some precautionary measures and we think it is them that sustain us.
There was a man who followed all advices by doctors including to exercise regularly. But then, one fateful day he went on the treadmill and that was where he passed out. The very thing that was supposed to prolong life rather shortened it. Similar was the predicament of a well-to-do family. They gathered at the dining table for supper, with all the cutlery and everything set, when all of a sudden, mother got a bone stuck in her throat. From the dining table, she had to be sent into a theatre for surgical operation. It is only by grace that we live. Let us bless the name of the Lord.
Every now and then, we go through lots of life’s unexplained circumstances; bad averages, living on limited means and all. Yet, we have to praise the name of the Lord. Those who complain never reach the Promised Land.
In 2 Corinthians 4, it is clear that everything we have has been given to us by God. So let us praise God in all aspects of our lives; in our thoughts, by meditating on the word every day, obeying everything in the word of God, living by it, talking by it, and also by treating our daily devotions with all seriousness. Our devotional times should not be negotiable for reasons of us being too busy. Let us remember God never gets too busy to give us life every day.
In conclusion, he picked texts from Psalm 150 and Psalm 149:6-9. The former tells us that everything that has life should bless the name of the Lord and the latter, praises is a mass destruction weapon in the camp of the enemy! We need to bless the name of the Lord.
To seal up the ministration, Rev Ohene Kyei led the congregation through a short time of worship unto God. PRAISE THE LORD!
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