“Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” Isaiah 51:3. (Part 6)
If any part of the New Year Word describes the Cumbernauld Church, it is this verse.
We have come through our tough times in the past, and for a while, the church was in a very rocky place. I wondered if we would survive. At the time, it felt like we all had to hold on tightly to God; the journey was more than a little bumpy. But He brought us through with His strong arm and delivered us into a delightful place of joy and gladness.
One of the results of our joy and gladness is the blessing of God on our singing. We have always loved to sing, but there came a moment when our singing seemed signally blessed by God. I cannot remember when this first happened. I do know around the time of the moving of God at Asbury University in Kentucky, the Spirit began to outpour in revival power, and we experienced the same thing. It didn’t seem to be connected. I did not know what was going on over in the States. One or two of our folks followed happenings online but were not involved in leadership roles. But a peculiar sense of the Spirit was upon us. We could sing and worship for hours.
Around the same time, a few Nigerians began to arrive in our church. They were students studying in one of our local universities. Before too long, we had a small Nigerian community amongst us. And they love to worship!
And so the sense of the Spirit in our song continues and has blossomed. We sing songs that we would never have once sung on a Sunday morning. We sing and dance, we cry, we clap, for the Spirit of God is wonderfully amongst us: setting us free from all our natural inhibitions - and in Scotland, we have many!
My prayer for this year is that joy and gladness, thanksgiving and the ‘sound of singing’ may spill over into every church group and that our movement, indeed the world, may be filled with the happiness of Heaven.