Declare and Applaud by Ruth Snell

My friends and I were doing what we do most every Wednesday afternoon.  We gather as friends to “do community.”  It’s not a Bible study, although, we do get into the word.  It’s a gathering of friends sharing our life journeys together.  We laugh a lot.  We cry. We pray. We "do life" in community.  I rarely miss.  It’s life-giving and receiving.

So, we were in the middle of sharing some really difficult family issues. The needs shared were almost beyond our ability to comprehend.

Someone said, “Let’s pray!”

Several cried out to God for this truly overwhelming situation.  It was heart-wrenching and truly a “but God” circumstance.

I sensed the Lord taking me to Psalm 107.  I read some and prayed some of it.   Psalm 107 is a Psalm of praise for God’s rescue as people cried out to Him.  As I read out loud and prayed out loud, I had a compelling urge to applaud God’s faithfulness.

At first, it seemed like I wasn’t listening to the “reality of the need” or the “severity of the need.”  It seemed counter-intuitive to the prayers said before but Holy Spirit's promptings didn’t go away.

So in my loud voice, I began declaring and applauding the faithfulness of God.  As I declared with applause the faithfulness of God, others joined in.  Together with loud voices, we declared and applauded the faithfulness of God.

Here in the middle of the overwhelming need and our prayers for rescue and deliverance, Holy Spirit broke through with His response.

Declare and applaud the Faithfulness of God.

It truly was Him speaking to our hearts a word of encouragement.


Meet Ruth Snell ~

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Ruth Snell is Mother of 3 and Nana to 3. She enjoys walking with Jesus and sharing their journey. She loves tennis, walking, and conversations with friends. She lives in Lilburn, GA with her husband, John.

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