Heaven is filled with music. We will hear it forever. The heavenly angelic choirs will proclaim God’s holiness and majesty. Their never-ending songs of worship will praise his holy name. Music in heaven serves a sole purpose - to praise the One who created all. Heaven is filled with angels ceaselessly lifting their voices and thanking God for all he has done. In the book of Revelation, 27 songs are sung proclaiming the splendor of God - that he alone is worthy of our worship. Thousands upon thousands of angels declare his power and strength. His sovereignty and holiness. His worthiness and grace. Imagine the magnificent display of tens of thousands of angels encircling God on his throne, playing harps while raising their voices in worship and praise. The angels singing in loud voices: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12). Over and over, they sing of the goodness of God. Music is prominent in the Bible and commemorates significant Biblical events. An angel announced the birth of Jesus, instructing the shepherds to look for a baby lying in a manger (Luke 2:12). As soon as the announcement was made, a huge angelic choir began singing God’s praises: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (14). The celebration was a musical one, as songs convey deep emotions often unable to be expressed by words alone. In heaven, we will be in God’s presence forever. We will experience complete joy and peace. We will live free from anxiety because God “will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Everything bad, anything hurtful to us will be banished. Sin and death will no longer exist. And we will sing with the angels as well. Maybe God will give everyone a beautiful voice so we can join the melodious, harmonious sound. Wouldn't that be wonderful? We can prepare for heaven now by making a joyful noise unto the Lord, no matter how we perceive our earthly voice to sound. After all, God looks at the heart of our faith, not the greatness of the voice. Begin singing praises to God now for who he is, and enjoy the side benefit of singing your anxiety away.
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- May 4, 2020
- 2 min read
Did you know God is singing over us all? In Zephaniah 3:17, we read this promise made to the Jews while they were still in captivity, before their return to the promised land: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save…he will exult over you with loud singing." God told his people he would reign over them with singing! How can God sing over us when we are in a difficult place? Because that’s how much he loves us. And because he knows that all is in his hands. Everything. Nothing is outside his control. His perfect love for us includes his perfect oversight in our lives. God is harmonizing the melodies of our lives for our good and his glory. Picture a mother singing over her child. The familiarity of the mother’s voice lulls the child to sleep. The mother continues to sing blessings over her child through this intimate expression of love. Her voice is filled with tender affection. Our heavenly Father sings songs over us too. He sings them incessantly, songs of his love for us, his children. Imagine a spouse singing over his or her beloved. The sweetness of love is captured in the book of Song of Songs. You can “hear” the symphonic melodies of love in the air. Singing over your beloved is a way of expressing love like no other time. God sings over us, his children whom he loves. We should sing over those whom we love too. The psalms are passionate and vivid songs, written to be sung. Many of which declare God’s power and sovereignty over our lives. Psalm 46 is a celebration of fearless trust in God. The Lord says, “Be still and know that I am God” (10). Hear these words as lyrics. Imagine God singing his words over you. Search the psalms for other truths, those that seem written just for you. Then sing the psalm aloud. Imagine God singing the same words over you. Listen to his song. The melody. The refrain. Imagine the heavenly choir joining him. Can you hear God singing over you right now? Listen carefully. He is. It is a song of joy over his purposes for you being fulfilled. Feel encouraged! Hear his song and worry will flee! Fear will abate! God sings over us all day long. It’s a deep, rich love song from his heart to ours. His songs of perfect oversight and perfect peace. Use his songs to sing your anxiety away.
- May 1, 2020
- 2 min read
Singing songs of praise can help serve as a stress reliever. It’s one way to confront worry when your personal peace is threatened. As Scripture says, Christians are to give thanks to God in all things (Philippians 4:6). Songs of thanksgiving should always be present in your spiritual arsenal. When Mary learned she would carry and give birth to the Christ child, she wrote and sang a song called “The Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55). It was a profound song of faith and praise. I wonder if she also sang this song as she watched her beloved son die on the cross? Simeon lifted praises to God when he realized who Jesus was. He had waited so long for God’s Messiah to come. Finally, he had seen him. In response, he composed a song known as the “Nunc Dimittis,” or the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32). The reality of Jesus just had to be sung about! I wonder if Simeon sang this song regularly for the rest of his life? As a reminder of God’s goodness to him and his people? After observing the birth of the Christ child, the heavenly hosts – a kind of military choir – sang to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). Was the eternal heavenly choir’s message to the shepherds God’s way of suggesting that heavenly music could help bring peace to the anxious souls of his children on earth? Before his crucifixion and after his last meal, Jesus sang songs of praise with his disciples (Matthew 26:30). Did singing help lift any anxious thoughts before he faced the horrific pain of the cross? Was he giving us an example to follow when we face our own worry-filled moments and trials? God didn’t have to create this marvelous gift of singing, but he did. He must love music. Heaven is filled with it, and we will hear it forever. And God must have known that music would help us on this side of eternity as well. Ponder this: God not only loves music, he invented it. All the chords, harmonies, and different constructions came from his musical mind. Shouldn’t we use this gift to defeat all God’s foes now – including anxiety? When the enemy attacks, counterpunch by lifting up songs of praise from God’s Word. Doing this has aided countless people through the centuries. It will work for you as well. And for your kids. And for all God’s people everywhere. Anxiety need not ransack your heart anymore.