God In The Midst

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Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered – to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. (Revelation 5:6-14 NLT)

They sang a new song…” “They” who? Who sang a new song? The four living beings and the twenty-four elders. They each played a harp as they carried the prayers of God’s people in their gold bowls.

Here is an example of Spirit-led worship. As a musician, I am amazed when 3 people can play and pray together WITHOUT a rehearsal! And for 28 to gather and sing a NEW song WITHOUT A REHEARSAL, is nothing short of a miracle.

What makes the difference? God is in their midst, and they’re in His Presence.

Shortly after the 28 member worship team begins to extol the beauty and glory of God, Heaven’s choir starts to sing with them; millions and millions surrounding God’s throne, singing and singing, with no end in sight! Even those from UNDER THE EARTH join in the song and proclaim blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forevermore.

God is in their midst; what better reason to sing! They are in God’s Presence; why not sing with everything you have, and everything you are.

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

The new song, sang before the Lord; sang UNTO the Lord! Without rehearsals, but with joy and faith. Joined together in unity; how lovely it is to see.

Can a person “see” unity? Well, we have a picture to help us.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes. (Psalm 133:1-2 ESV)

In Heaven there are no more concerns about doctrine, and everyone is Spirit-led and Spirit baptized. No one complains about the music being too loud, or about how long they are “forced” to stand. I doubt if they’ll “sing off the wall” (projecting the song’s lyrics on the wall), but I’m sure there’ll be no “Hymns of Glorious Praise” hymnals tucked neatly in the pews.

There will be such a revealing, such an unfolding of God’s many-sided mercy and grace; the very atmosphere will be charged with, and by, Him.

What if we expected God’s Presence when we gather to worship? “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done; in earth as it is in Heaven.”

Yes, that’s a great idea! God in the midst!

Amen.