Devotion for Week of July 30, 2012 - "PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW"


Luke 19:37, “And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;”

Chaplain Wm. S. Lacy of the 47th N.C. related this story while the Army of Northern Virginia was in a defensive position near Richmond.

Early in May, 1864 after the Spring campaign had started and the bloody battle of Spotsylvania had been fought, I was sent to hold service on the lines.  We were allowed no lights, so I had to read my scripture from memory, and line out the hymns in the same manner.

We had sung "Come Thou Fount," and "There is a Fountain."  What royal singing hundreds of men's voices gave in the open air.  The last hymn was the 100th Psalm, "Before Jehovah's Awful Throne."  We sang all the verses and then closed with the Doxology, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."  As the voices swelled and rolled heavenward, in the distance we could hear the echo, or was it?  As the men hushed, we heard from the camp of the Yankees the same magnificent and matching melody.  Our commanding officer said. "Chaplain, let us join in." and from the dark recess behind temporary earthworks, our men joined the Northern soldiers singing Praises to our God.


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