Stream of Praise toured San Jose from the 9th to the 10th (Friday to Saturday), performing the 2012 features praise album "Open the Sky". On the evening of the 10th, more than a thousand people gathered in the Silicon Valley River of Life Christian Church to raise their hands and voices together in worship and praise to God!
The opening theme song "Open the Sky" expressed the overflowing abundance of God from Heaven to Earth. The song that followed, "My heartfelt gratitude to you", led the audience to confess sincerely to God, "I will be grateful to you, and praise you in front of all the angels, I will kneel before you altar, and praise you name in kindness and honesty...although I walk in trials and tribulations, you have promised to save me...you will answer me when I cry out to you, and encourage me so that I have strength in my heart."
After a few hymns, the entire audience was motivated to enter into praise and worship; following the lead singers, they closed their eyes, opened their arms and hearts, to give their praises to God through hymns.
After a beautiful tune, "The most precious corner", the founder of Stream of Praise (Pastor Sandy Yu) briefly shared a message. She said: "the most precious corner is in everyone's hearts, although you may not know the existence of this corner. However, there is a deepest place in your heart that is waiting to be fulfilled. There are those who like to travel, those who like good food, those who like earning money, those who like to advance in career, and those who like to change girlfriends. These people, situations, or things cannot fulfill, and the only one thing that fulfills is to worship and praise God.
In these coming worships and praises, you may not know why you feel joy and satisfaction, or do not know why tears may come, and that is because during your worship, God has begun to fulfill you."
Pastor Yu explained that the effect of raising your hands while worshipping was to pull down the Heaven. In life, a faithful worship and praise can renew our lives. However, when we wish to praise, we often get complaints from Satan. Pastor Yu led the singing of "Stay separated from sin forever" over and over again to encourage the audience.
The team of Stream of Praise has the tradition of inviting members to share their testimonies. During this celebration of praise, Stream of Praise's violinist testified that when his relatives and friends encountered changes, he became very worried and sad, even to the point of stopping to praise God. But one day, he decided to drop everything and focused on just praising God, and God gave him a vision: all the brothers and sisters that he knew, including those who had passed away, were freely worshipping and praising God together with him. God told him, that although you were experiencing tough times at present, you would all dance together some day.
"The future Kingdom will no longer have sadness and tears,
Until that day, be steadfast, be strong,
Every being will kneel, to worship the God of Gods,
Every being will raise their voices, to sing in praise of Him,
They will dance together, and sing hymns of love to the resurrected King,
They will dance together, to sing hymns of love to the honorable Jesus Christ,
I love you..."
[Editor's note: Carol Lee translated the article.]