“this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra” ~ Michael Jackson – Ebony 1989
Each summer I enjoy attending many of
the free outdoor concerts presented in our city. During one performance
by a brass band, several of the members briefly introduced themselves
and told how much they enjoyed practicing and playing together.
pleasure of sharing music in community has drawn people together for
centuries. As followers of Christ, whether we are in small groups,
choirs, or congregations, bringing praise to God is one of the key
elements in our own expression of faith. And one day, we’ll be singing
in a concert that defies imagination.
In a sweeping vision of the
tumultuous events at the end of time, John records a chorus of praise
that begins with a few and swells to a company beyond number. In honor
of the Lamb of God, who with His blood has redeemed people from every
tribe and nation (Rev. 5:9), the song begins at the throne of God, is
joined by multiplied thousands of angels, and finally includes every
creature in heaven, earth, and sea. Together we will sing, “Blessing
and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to
the Lamb, forever and ever!” (v.13).
What a choir! What a concert! What a privilege to start rehearsing today! — David C. McCasland
Give me a spirit of praise, dear Lord,
That I may adore Your name,
Sing praises from a grateful heart
To the One who is always the same. —Dawe
Those who know Christ now will sing His praise forever.