by Charles Robey
(Trussville AL, USA)

From the past where did it go
In churches today it's a no show
The Mercy Seat
Saints and sinners would all meet
For the Heavenly Father to greet
The Mercy Seat
The Spirit's presence did comfort all
As saints gathered to answer the call
The Mercy Seat
No miracle in brass cloth and wood
Yet the Spirit's message was understood
The Mercy Seat
Believers met by the seekers side
To ask the Spirit to come and abide
The Mercy Seat
One by one on the bended knee
Many would come to God to plea
The Mercy Seat
So let's get back to the old way
Seeking the alter to come and pray
The Mercy Seat

"And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above The Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubim's which are upon The Ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." (Exodus 25:17-22 KJV)

Growing up in the church, the alter or mercy seat as our church called it, was prevalent in all church's. And, I can remember the alter being filled with my preacher Daddy walking back and forth, in front of the alter, singing encouraging chorus, one after another, while all the people prayed through, as we would call it. Yes, prayer is the work of the church and it all starts with the bended knee.

Those were certainly "good old days" as the "Spirit Filled" the church services. So, what has happened? Where are all the alters, in our modern day church sanctuaries?

I guess one need only to stand up in front of the church, now-a-days, and shake the preachers hand to be saved. I'm not questioning the validity of such a maneuver, I just feel there's something special about kneeling before the Lord, in prayer, at an old fashion alter. It gives a testimony to others, but most importantly, it shows reverence to our Heavenly Father.

”Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker". (Psalm 95:6)

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