So off to Leicester on the train again. I missed it last year so was doubly glad to be off to the ministers conference. They've built a light and airy new hall for us here at Leicester University and it is good to be among the four hundred or so present. Ian Hamilton chaired our first session.
It was a great delight to have Ted Donnelly who was unable to speak last year due to serious illness addressing us on Psalm 34:3 urging us to exalt the LORD together. However, he had some real problems giving us the material he had prepared and eventually after several stumbles had to leave the task unfinished despite valiant efforts. The problem was that he was not able to remember what he had given us even though he had preached perfectly well yesterday in Cambridge. We were first aware of this when he repeated all that he had to say under the second heading.
The points made were these.
We should exalt the LORD
1. Because it is the purpose of our being - our calling is to glorify God.
2. Because we are able to bring something unique to God that no angel can bring for they have never known the glory of salvation. They can only long to look into such things.
3. Because we ourselves receive blessing in so doing.
4. Because by so doing we can be enabled to encourage each other.
5. Because it brings joy to the LORD himself. He needs nothing from us but he delights in our praise.
After we had sung again from Psalm 34 Geoff Thomas closed in prayer.
The troubles that afflict the just
In number many be;
But yet at length out of them all
The Lord doth set him free.