Part 4: Praise the Lord Now! Doug & the Slugs, Music from a Sick Man’s Bedroom

Song Three, Praise the Lord Now! (By Doug & one Slug)

v. 1 We come to praise you,

acknowledge God our King;

We proclaim your name to all the nations.

Many will hear and put their trust in you,

your wonders I proclaim through all the earth.

Chorus:

Oh – praise the Lord now! 

We will follow you, all of our days.

Oh – praise the Lord now! 

Your word will light our path and show the way.

 v. 2 Your – mercy Lord is a wonder to my soul,

my hope is in the grace you’ve given me.

I will set my gaze on you and you alone,

And invite the world to come and see.

Fun!  Listening to “Praise the Lord Now!” made me smile and brought back the memory of Doug’s fun loving nature.  He liked to laugh, tease, have a good time, party with the music cranked up, and have fun!

You can listen to this song by clicking on the arrow below. Allow some time for the song to load.

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This song starts with the bass in the style of Harold J. Faultmier, the TV show Barney Miller intro song, or The Blues Brothers church style, for those who might remember.  Lively, jazzy, with a strong beat as the bass, keyboards, brass and other instrumentation joins in.

Doug and one “Slug” are singing it out in the chorus, inviting us to “praise the Lord now!” It reminds me of the summer after college I moved back home between jobs in the early 1980’s. Doug had just graduated from high school.  My parents were renting an old 3 story farm house and Doug’s room had a door out onto the flat roof of the back porch.  One day I was out there sunbathing, and Doug appeared with a cassette tape player.  He cranked it up to full volume and we sang our hearts out together to the tunes of 2nd Chapter of Acts, one of the earlier popular Christian music singing groups made up of three siblings.  Exhilarating!  But anyone coming onto the farm would have thought we were a little crazy!

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Doug’s high school graduation, with sisters Jenny (author) & Susan.

The word that stands out to me in this song is the word “hope”.  Doug, along with our entire family and church families, had hope that God would heal him.  Doug was placing his full gaze on the Lord, and invited others to do the same.

The phrase, “Invite the world to come and see” made me think of the conversation Doug and I had when I visited him in spring of 1998 after the cancer re-appeared.  Doug was getting “reduction” on his tumors with chemotherapy, but they weren’t going away.  His desire was to live at least 15 more years and raise his kids if God gave him more time.

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Doug praising along with young son.

Doug also expressed the desire to reach out to his community with the love of God, inviting them to “come and see” this God that he was fixing his gaze on.

Reflection

Crank up the volume and listen to this song again! Consider accepting Doug’s musical invitation and spend a little time fixing your gaze on Jesus, who is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3). Let the passages below assist you.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 24:7)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

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