The Scriptures are full of the praises of God. The Psalms are jam-packed with psalms of praise. We are commanded to praise God. When we meet Jesus face to face in all His glory we will burst forth spontaneously with praise.
I’ve sung in choirs. Even mass choirs. I’ve been on worship teams. I’ve toured as a musician (that was a long time ago). There’s something extra wonderful about joining your voice with others in song.
When the song is one of praise, full of the declaration of the worthiness of our God it does something deep within the heart of the one praising.
Singing in Heaven
The Bible (Rev. 19:1-8, ESV) says this about a mass choir in heaven, praising and worshiping God:
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Once more they cried out,
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying,
“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.”
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,
like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”
If singing in a mass choir is amazing, singing with THAT choir will break my heart with joy. I know I will be weeping. I know I will be so filled with emotion my body won’t be able to contain it.
All Creation Sings
I’ve been made aware lately that the earth itself is already crying out, the earth is groaning for redemption. Not only is it crying out for the Savior of the Earth to come and set things right, all of Creation is already singing in praise.
We can’t hear it, for the most part. Our ears have been closed to what God hears. He says the blood of the innocent calls out to Him. He says the rocks cry out in praise. Everything in nature is obeying His command to praise.
But because we can’t hear it we think the praise can wait. It can wait until church on the weekend. It can wait until I feel like it. It can wait.
But the glory of God cannot wait!
There is nothing in this world that should hold back the praises of His creation, not the praises of the earth and certainly not the praises of those who have called on the name of the Lord and have seen His salvation!! It is time NOW to praise the Lord.
Psalm 148 – you need to read it – says “Praise Him you sun, moon and bright shining stars.” And they are.
Stars and Whales Sing
If singing in a mass choir will be over-the-top amazing… I can’t imagine what it will be like to sing with all of creation. This video is just a glimpse to get you thinking. Louie Giglio presents a mashup of stars and whales singing God’s praise.
It’s long, all of 14 minutes long. If you are at work, watch it on your break with your earbuds in, or gather your co-workers around to watch with you. If you are at home, gather the kids together, they should see this.
Let All Creation Praise Him!