VIDEO Boy Sang This Gospel Praise Until Kidnapper Couldn’t Take It Anymore And Set Him Free

Apr 21, 2014

On March 31, 2014, 10-year-old Willie Myrick was abducted from his Atlanta, Georgia, driveway.

The abductor allegedly lured Myrick with cash and when the boy got close enough, the man grabbed him and pulled him into his car.

The kidnapper drove around for three hours and Myrick sang the gospel song “Every Praise” repeatedly until the man got sick of hearing it and told him to get out of the car.

Myrick said the kidnapper kept yelling at him and telling him to shυt up “f*ck boy”, but the boy refused.

“He opened the door and threw me out. He told me not to tell anyone,” Myrick said.

After hearing the story of how his song had potentially saved Myrick’s life, the man who wrote “Every Praise,” gospel singer Hezekiah Walker, traveled from New York to Atlanta to meet the boy.

“I really believe that God spoke through me to save that young man’s life,” Walker said.

The man who abducted Myrick is still on the loose, but police have released a sketch of the suspect.

Here are the lyrics to Hezekiah Walker’s uplifting song “Every Praise.”

“Every Praise”

Every praise is to our God.
Every word of worship with one accord
Every praise every praise is to our God.
Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise every praise is to our God.

God my Savior
God my Healer
God my Deliverer
Yes He is, yes He is

Yes He is, yes He is [repeat]

Every praise is to our God.
Every word of worship with one accord

Every praise every praise [repeat]
Is to our God

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The Power of Prayer

Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us. 1 Samuel 7:8

One day, when I was deeply concerned about the welfare of one close to me, I found encouragement in part of the Old Testament story of Samuel, a wise leader of the Israelites. As I read how Samuel interceded for God’s people as they faced trouble, I strengthened my resolve to pray for the one I loved.

The Israelites faced the threat of the Philistines, who had previously defeated them when God’s people didn’t trust in Him (see 1 Samuel 4). After repenting of their sins, they heard that the Philistines were about to attack. This time, however, they asked Samuel to continue praying for them (7:8), and the Lord answered clearly by throwing their enemy into confusion (v. 10). Though the Philistines may have been mightier than the Israelites, the Lord was the strongest of them all.

Father, strengthen my faith, that I will always believe in Your goodness and love.

When we ache over the challenges facing those we love, and fear the situation won’t change, we may be tempted to believe that the Lord will not act. But we should never underestimate the power of prayer, for our loving God hears our pleas. We don’t know how He will move in response to our petitions, but we know that as our Father He longs for us to embrace His love and to trust in His faithfulness.

Do you have someone you can pray for today?

Father God, the way You hear and answer my prayers amazes me. Strengthen my faith, that I will always believe in Your goodness and love.

Share your prayer request or pray for others at YourDailyBread.org/prayer.

God hears us when we pray.

 

By Amy Boucher Pye 

INSIGHT

Samuel led his people to worship of the one true God (1 Samuel 7:1–6). Prayer was central to Samuel’s ministry (v. 9); in response to his intercession, God gave the nation victory over the Philistines (vv. 7–13). To commemorate this God-inspired victory, Samuel erected a remembrance stone he called Ebenezer, which means “stone of help.” It can also serve as a reminder to us not to underestimate the power of God to respond to our prayers!

For further study see Let’s Pray at discoveryseries.org/hp135.

Dennis Fisher

Test Yourself

Hebrews 3:12-19, Hebrews 4:1-2

Many of us love the Bible because it’s filled with words of assurance, promise, and encouragement. However, it also contains warnings that we’d be wise to consider and heed. Like the nation of Israel in the wilderness, the church throughout history has also had some people who were characterized by unbelief.

Jesus said that although many call Him Lord, the proof of salvation is displayed in an obedient life (Matt. 7:13-23). You may have noticed the fruit of salvation—or the lack of it—in your church. Consider the following signs that may indicate a person in need of salvation:

• They are oftentimes involved in conflict and disunity in the church because they lack the fruit of the Spirit.

• Sometimes they prefer the spectator role and are reluctant to get involved or make a commitment to a local congregation of believers.

• If they are serving in the church, they may feel frustrated because they are trying to do the supernatural work of God without the power of His Spirit.

• They have trouble understanding the Bible but little desire to read it.

• Because they are resisting the Spirit’s conviction, they are uncomfortable or irritated when the pastor gives an invitation for salvation.

The purpose of God’s warning isn’t to have us judge the salvation of others; rather, He wants us to both examine ourselves and lead people to the truth. The consequences are eternal, so it’s important to do as Scripture says: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Pray that God will enable you to point others to Jesus—and that He’ll help you to grow ever more Christlike.

The Honest Use of Scripture

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)

Jesus uttered these sharp words of rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees, who had encumbered the plain teachings of Scripture with numerous “interpretations” that enabled them to ignore whatever teachings they found inconvenient. The Lord Jesus Himself always took the Scriptures literally and as of divine authority, and so should we.

Furthermore, He taught that every word was true and authoritative: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). He also said that “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

Skeptics may pose certain difficulties in the Bible, evolutionists may ridicule its account of creation, and sinners in general may try to wriggle away from its moral constraints, but the Scripture cannot be broken! Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). He Himself is the living Word of God, and we dare not tamper with the written Word inspired by the Holy Spirit. Christ, of course, could and did in some cases extend and apply the Old Testament Scriptures, because He Himself was their Author, but He never questioned their factuality or literal accuracy, and neither should we.

Nevertheless, many modern “Christian” intellectuals and cultists are following in the example of the Pharisees rather than that of Christ, “wresting” the Scriptures for their gain but “unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). God has spoken plainly in His Word. It is our responsibility to believe and do what He says. HMM

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble

Nahum 1

Somewhere about this time the prophet Nahum was called to speak for the Lord: we will read his declaration against Assyria.

Nahum 1:2

He loves his people too well to see them trampled upon and not avenge their wrongs. Assyria had carried away the ten tribes, and now threatened Judah, and therefore God in love to his people interposed;

Nahum 1:2

He had borne patiently with the insolence of Sennacherib, but he was not insensible, and would ere long pour out his indignation.

Nahum 1:3, 4

His longsuffering is often misunderstood, and the wicked dream that their crimes are overlooked, but they will speedily be undeceived.

Nahum 1:3, 4

Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

He can withhold the clouds, and then the most fruitful lands will be barren with drought.

Nahum 1:5, 6

Lightning and earthquake are his servants, and none can stand against them.

Nahum 1:7

This is a note of soft, sweet music, amid the thunder of divine power, falling most refreshingly upon the ear of faith.

Nahum 1:9

His one stroke would be enough to break Assyria once for all.

Nahum 1:10

While gathered together as thorns in a heap, a single flame from heaven would be enough to consume them.

Nahum 1:11

Sennacherib is here described and denounced.

Nahum 1:12, 13

In one night the deed was done, and Judah was delivered. Therefore the Lord says to his people:

As for the foe, he declares—

Nahum 1:14

Once had Nineveh been warned, and it for a while repented; but since it had returned to its old ways its doom was sealed, and as a city it would soon be dead and buried. Let travellers tell how fully this threatening has been fulfilled.

Nahum 1:15

Joyful obedience was required of Judah on account of such a deliverance. We have been set free from a worse tyrant than Sennacherib, therefore let us rejoice in the Lord our God, and magnify his Son Jesus, the angel which redeemed us out of all evil.

 

Sinners, with joy look up!

The herald’s feet appear;

He comes from Zion’s sacred top,

A gospel-messenger.

 

The end of war and sin,

In Christ, your peace, obtain:

And when his kingdom reigns within,

It shall for ever reign.

 

God Sets No Limits

Let no man deceive you with vain words. (Ephesians 5:6)

Do you know that there are Bible “interpreters” now who believe they can set up rules as to how much we can have of God? However, the Lord Himself has promised that as far as He is concerned, He is willing to keep the candles of my soul brightly burning!

So, my heart tells me to ignore the modern scribes whose interpretations, I fear, are forcing the Spirit, the blessed Dove, to fold His wings and be silent. I turn rather to one of Dr. A.B. Simpson’s hymns rarely sung now, probably because very few believers have this experience of which he wrote:

 

I take the hand of love divine,

I count each precious promise mine

With this eternal countersign—

I take—He undertakes!

 

I take Thee, blessed Lord,

I give myself to Thee;

And Thou, according to Thy Word

Dost undertake for me!

 

Ever Feel Like The Discipline Of God In Your Life Has Been Too Demanding?

Following is a poem that has been extremely helpful to me during difficult times of discipline by our heavenly Father:

 

When God wants to drill a man:

And thrill a man:

And skill a man:

When God wants to mold a man

To play the noblest part;

When He yearns with all His heart

To create so great and bold a man

That all the world shall be amazed:

Watch His methods, watch His ways!

 

How He ruthlessly perfects

Whom He royally elects!

How He hammers him and hurts him,

And with mighty blows converts him

Into trial shapes of clay which

Only God understands;

While his tortured heart is crying

And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks

When his good He undertakes;

How He uses whom He chooses:

And with every purpose fuses him;

But every act induces him

To try His splendor out —

God knows what Hes about!” (Author Unknown)

 

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by itin conformity to Gods will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God.” (Hebrews 12:11 – Amplified)

 

 

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