My dad’s name is Clay but everyone in my hometown calls him “Coach”. He’s an award-winning great guy! Everybody loves my dad. He was standing near third base coaching at a tournament out of town when he dropped to the ground in agony. The game stopped and the crowd watched as my dad lay on the ground. He was sure he’d been shot… He hadn’t been shot but some of his internal organs were rupturing. That was just the beginning of my dad’s health journey of one surgery after another. He was in and out of hospitals for years.
My mom is a strong woman, but I remember her breaking down and crying. She said all we could do was pray, although she was preparing for the worst. It was hard for me to watch and understand at the time because I was just 9 years old when this all began.
We went to a hotel and my mom was sitting next to the bedside table. She grabbed the Bible and randomly opened it to Psalm 150. She read it through entirely and called out for all of us to put our hands in the air and praise the Lord. I remember it like it was yesterday. She read aloud to us, “Psalm 150. Praise the Lord! Praise God in his Sanctuary!” And then she said, “I don’t care how any of us feel. He’s with us! God sees us right here.” The amazing part of this is that the hotel we were staying in was called – The Sanctuary! So, when you listen to the song there’s a line that says, “Everywhere I am – There you are!” And it’s based on that very moment.
There is a happy ending to my story. My dad is alive and well! God healed him completely.
Since then, my family and I have dedicated our lives to serving Jesus. We’ve been on several missions’ trips around the world. Honestly, that’s where I met Dave Lubben – out on the mission field. We jokingly say we’ve been in prison together – because we actually were in prison together in the Dominican Republic for an outreach where we handed out Bibles to prisoners while sharing the Gospel. If I hadn’t gone on the mission trip, I would never have met Dave and this song may never have made it to light. My mom and I, Dave Lubben, Tyrus Morgan and Kevin Mac wrote this song. We’ve always believed it to be a special song. We have sincerely and literally prayed over this song. We prayed that it would rush into the lives of broken people and bring them peace and restoration. It is my hope and prayer that when people listen to this song that they will be drawn to Jesus. He is my Sanctuary, and I would love for Him to be yours as well.
This is my Sanctuary story…
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his Sanctuary.
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power.
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with clash and symbols,
praise him with resounding symbols.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Josh Lauritch | 55 PROMOTION