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“I Will Sing Unending Songs…”

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord…”
Psalm 102:18 (ESV)

unending songs

This weekend, I will spend Saturday morning and Sunday evening recording a live worship album with the worship ministries team at church.

I’m only one small part of the second row of a large choir (plus orchestra, rhythm section, praise team, tech team, children’s choir, and student choir), but I am so excited to be a part of this recording project. I do not take this opportunity and responsibility lightly … to be a part of leading others (both present and future generations, both in my city and around the world) to worship in spirit and in truth and to praise the Lord’s name!

While we’ve been diligently preparing and rehearsing for several weeks (probably more like months…) now, this past Wednesday evening was obviously a particularly long and intense rehearsal as tempos were being nailed down, harmonies were being fine-tuned, rhythms were being locked-in, cut-offs were being sharpened, and all of the moving parts were being tweaked to come into their final places.

No doubt there will be a few additional tweaks throughout the multiple day recording process this weekend (and beyond) as well.

But beyond the logistics and the technical aspects of the music, the lights, the sound, etc., it is such an honor and privilege to serve alongside this worship ministries team under the leadership of a worship pastor who values and prioritizes Biblical worship.

Even the most intense rehearsals are Christ-centered and worship-focused.

I love that!

Now I’m not really much into visions. In fact, I’m probably more on the side of the skeptic when it comes to receiving some form of a vision from the Lord, but I also believe that God can and does still work that way when His people are willing to listen and see.

So what I’m about to say, I take incredibly seriously, but know I likely won’t be able to do the moment much justice at all. But it’s too rich not to at least try!

As we were nearing the 2.5 hour mark on Wednesday evening, as I was feeling more fatigued by the minute and rather at the end of myself, during our final worship set, a medley of four songs all about the eternal song of praise in heaven, the Lord allowed me to catch a hazy and fleeting, but oh so powerful, glimpse of the reality of heaven.

Not in a clear photographic vision sort of way.
Not even in a clouds-parted-and-I-literally-saw-heaven sort of way.
Not at all.

But with the house lights down, the spotlights bright, the many exit signs glowing, in the fogginess and dimness of that moment as we were literally singing the words,

“Every eye will see the coming of the King…”

I saw it.

A hazy, fleeting, barely-for-a-moment glimpse of That Day when all eyes will be focused on the Center of this eternal reality … the light and truth that is our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh. Wow.

I’m speechless just thinking about it again!

It was as if for that very brief moment, I was able to step outside of myself, aware of the powerful and heartfelt worship coming from the entire team around me, but somehow removed from it and able to catch a glimpse of what this looked like from the outside.  Somehow able to see this grand light – Jesus Christ on His throne – that we were all singing towards, that our hearts were all directed towards, that our eyes were all looking towards.

Every eye seeing. Every knee bowing. Every heart worshiping.

And y’all.

It changed my own heart in an instant.

At the end of myself, the Great I AM stepped in and re-directed my heart to the unending, awesome, holy, and wonderful Glory of His Son.

While still physically exhausted, my worship was transformed following that moment … renewed, energized, passionate, and true.

Eternity is a reality. Heaven is real.

And THE eternal song of heaven begins now…

“Holy, Holy are You Lord, God, Almighty!”

“Worthy is the Lamb!”

“Jesus is the Lord!”

“Blessing and honor and glory and power, forever!”

“I will sing unending songs…”

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Photo of the Week: Fourteen

My current reads:

1) Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven by Rory Noland

The worship ministries team at church (choir, orchestra, and tech) is currently going through this book together on Wednesday nights, and it is awesome! Covering one chapter per week, we just recently finished the first section on private worship, drawing heavily from Psalms and the life of David, and have moved into the second and final section on corporate worship, largely based on Revelation. Although a fairly easy read, it’s convicting and challenging and encouraging all wrapped into one.

2) Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

This is actually a re-read. I first read this book about 6 years ago during my senior year of college, but started reading it again in anticipation of the movie Blue Like Jazz releasing in theaters on April 13th. I didn’t quite finish before seeing the movie last Thursday evening (good movie and great conversation starter, by the way! I would definitely recommend it!), but I’ve found I have a much deeper appreciation for the book this time around and am enjoying reading through it at a slightly slower pace. Don Miller is a gifted storyteller, and although I’m still not one hundred percent on board with all of his ideas, I am connecting to both his style and dialogue on faith in a whole new way. Love when that happens!

Called to Worship

Tonight during choir rehearsal, I and my 13 fellow care team leaders shared a devotion with our entire worship ministries team based on a list from Rory Noland’s book, The Heart of the Artist. Entitled The Difference Between Volunteering and Being Called into God’s Service (and specifically addressing worship ministries), the list of 12 points outlines the various distinctions between one who participates with the mindset of a volunteer and one who serves because they are called of God to worship.

One of the many verses that supports this list is 1 Chronicles 15:16:

“David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”

In the middle of a passage where David is giving commands and instructions regarding how to properly handle the Ark of the Covenant, the very presence of the Lord, he turns his attention to music.

And in the next few verses that follow, we see the appointment of specific individuals who were chosen and called by name to serve the Lord through music.

Leaving no room for a halfhearted approach, they were told to play loudly, to use their talents well, and to raise the sounds of joy, to worship passionately.

Because they weren’t just volunteers stepping up to fill a position due to a need. Rather, they had been individually chosen and appointed to a task, a service, that only they could fulfill.

They were called to worship.

**ps: i’ll be back tomorrow evening with a devo thought from this past week’s Scripture reading (if that makes no sense to you, see this post for further details)**