This morning in worship, we sang the Revelation song. It’s an oldie, but a goodie! As soon as I heard the first chord progression, I thought to myself “Oh great…here we go, I’m going to cry in church this morning”
But in this case, it’s a good thing. The fact that this song, after hearing it so many times over the years still makes me so emotional is due to what I believe to be the supernatural power behind the words. Because they aren’t just words in a song…they are powerful, heavenly words, taken directly from one of my favorite books of the Bible. The words that the angels themselves use in worship!
As we wrap up a weekend of celebrations and in some cases discontentment, I think it’s so important to take a step back, pull away from all distraction and focus on something that brings me to tears every time I think of it.
The verses I referenced above are from the book of Revelation and are part of an amazingly complex, vivid and beautiful book of imagery and visions that a man, John, could not himself explain. God showed him amazing things that will happen, and this book describes what he saw in the vision.
If you read through the book and study it, it can be scary. Knowing that these things are yet to come, it can be troubling to think of people, possibly people we know, watching and experiencing these events unfold.
But when I read this book, I’m filled with awe and hope. The verses above describe what John heard when he saw the angels in heaven praising God.
Can you imagine what that must look like?
Can you imagine what that must sound like?
When I sing that chorus I imagine the angels in heaven singing with me a raw, unrehearsed and completely heart-felt praise. And I turn into a pile of mush. I also remind myself that while I don’t have a voice of an angel, that God appreciates my “joyful noise” just the same
So if you can’t sing, don’t worry…we’re in this together!