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Music is a beautiful thing. It can lift your spirits, make cleaning funner (aka more fun), or it can take you back to childhood memories.
I can remember my dad playing some of his favorite vinyl with the volume up. We lay on the carpet side by side so we could feel the bass from the speakers. I turned my head to see him lying still with his eyes closed, so I would do the same.
We have a variety of music on our playlists and listen to the songs over and over and over in the jungle from our laptop computer. It brings us a lot of joy to enjoy music together.
But there is nothing quite like the solemnness of being in a crowded room and hearing fellow believers singing, with one voice, praises to Yahweh in our own language.
I can remember on our last time home on a furlough I was anticipating going to church and dreading it all at the same. I couldn’t wait to hear their voices—the people I loved, grew up with, and worshipped God with. At the same time, I wasn’t sure I would be able to contain all the emotion I knew would be there. It is just too hard after too many months, too many years being away, yet there I was hearing them all singing and praising our God, the same God who came to our tribal friends’ rescue and had clearly showed them the path to righteousness. The same God that just a few short months before had secured their fate for eternity and sealed them with his love and ensured that we would all be around the throne one day singing together. All I could do was stand and cry.
These were some of the words we sang one Sunday recently in church. I thought they were beautiful. How sweet and certain is our eternal hope! There is so much sadness in the world, so many hardships all around us, so much uncertainty in our future on this earth. I don’t know what you may be going through today. I pray that the words of this song will remind you of the truth we find in God’s Word and that it will spur you to keep pressing on for the sake of our King!
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more
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