September 14, 2008
Today, my song for the day is “When I hear the Praises Start” by Keith Green.
I selected this song because of the message that it conveys. From the first time heard the song to this very day, it brings me to tears when I listen to it.
Another reason is that it reminds me of several people that I have known along the way. Years ago, when I was working late at the school. I was locking the doors and heading out to my car. When I heard a piano playing in the church. All the lights were off in the church and I was afraid to go in to see who or what might be playing the piano.
As I crept accross the lobby in the dark, I very slowly opened the door to the sanctuary of the church. A small lamp was burning above the piano, and I stopped to listen to the music that was being played. I could see the shadow and the outline of someone at the piano.
In the darkness of that little church I saw something I had never experienced before. I saw a young man just singing and playing the piano for the sole reason to express his love and praise for the Lord. I stood there, just listening to this young man sing with his heart. He did not know I was there. There was no audience. I listened for 10 or 15 minutes before I quietly exited the church.
To this day, I have never told him about my intrusion into his time with the Lord. I learned a lot from this experience…I learned that my relationship with the Lord IS personal. I need to spend more time with Him in prayer.
Thanks, Paul Daniel Margraff- you taught me a valuable lesson.
Oh…and by the way…there was an audience… an “Audience of One”.
The Lord Jesus Christ.