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The Sunday Sample, Episode 98: “Heaven is the Homeland of Music”

From “For the Audience of One” by Mike Pilavachi and Craig Borlase, this quote:

“Heaven is revealed to earth as the homeland of music.”

Christina Rossetti

“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:    “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.””

(Revelation 5:6–10 NIV11)

The vision of the Lamb and the loving power of this sacrifice makes heavenly creatures and elders burst into song.

Let’s bring this vision to our collective worship the next time you gather with fellow-worshippers. No boredom here! No meaningless repetition. Just an outpouring of grateful praise.

How might you engender this attitude at your next gathering?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John