God Said, Praise Me!!!

When I got saved, the Lord told me that I could not "perform" my Christian poetry. He was referring to the entertainment aspect of spoken word that I had perfected when I was doing "poetry" in the world.

praising-God1When I got saved, the Lord told me that I could not “perform” my Christian poetry. He was referring to the entertainment aspect of spoken word that I had perfected when I was doing “poetry” in the world.

So, for a year after I recommitted myself to the Lord and church, I just got up when called, and read the Christian poems from my first book, For the Love of God, a collection of praise and worship poems (boring). My Pastor asked me to spice it up, but I told him that the Lord told me not to perform, so I didn’t. Another person told me that I was just intimidated to compete with other Christian poets. I was insulted, but I still didn’t give in.

Finally, I was invited to “perform” poetry for a Christmas program. I asked God, “Surely, you don’t want me to just read”. He said nothing until the day of the event. On that morning, I awoke to the sound of the Lord’s voice. “Praise me”, he said. “Okay”, I said in my mind. “Praise Me”, he said again. “Okay”, I said again. “PRAISE ME!!!!!!!” he screamed. “OKAY!!!” I leaped out of bed, grabbed my Bible and began to read a Psalm of David. As I read, the Holy Ghost came upon me and I began to cry and worship God. Finally, the Lord said, “Now go and rehearse”. I was so excited. The new way that God wanted me to share spoken word was through praise. Now, I pray before every appearance. My purpose is to invite the Holy Spirit to the event. That’s how God uses my gift.

© 2008 Arletia McInnis, The Prophetic Scribe

Arletia Mayfield is called The Prophetic Scribe because she writes under the direction of the Holy Spirit.  She is an ordained minister and Bible teacher. She is an author and the publisher of TPS Publications providing resources and tools to creatively share the Good News of the Gospel of the Jesus Christ.

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