Several year ago, Amber & I got to see the live performance of the now classic Chris Tomlin song, but with an amazing twist.
Ok.... Here is a link to go watch it. Do that and come back to read more.
Pretty amazing isn't it. Languages from all over the world, singing the same song to our God. His sovereignty put on display with voices he created. I'm moved every time I hear it. What a beautiful picture of the church global that will sing the praises of God in unison.
It reminds me of the amazing scene reveled to John in Revelation 4&5. There are four winged creatures circling around the throne of God singing:
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
Then the 24 elders add their voices to the praise
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
Then John begins to weep, because God has the scroll in his hand that will bring the end of the age and the redeemed creation will come, if only someone could break the seals. No one in heaven or earth is worthy. What is to be done?
And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.
Jesus walks up to the father seated on his throne, in an amazing picture of the mutually submissive relationship of the Father and Son in the Trinity, and takes the scroll. Like a lamb who was slain, who paid the price for the salvation of his image bearers, he opens the scroll..... And Worship erupts, dripping with the prayers of the saints whose every tear was collected by their Heavenly Father, for this moment.
And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."
And then all of heaven joins in this new song
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!
And then all of creation joins in this new song
I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
As I type this in Uganda, surrounded by many different language and dialects from all over East Africa, I can't help but be moved by God's Revelation that King Jesus will come for his bride and redeem all things.
Until he does, I will listen to this version of How Great is Our God and weep because it is a mere foretaste of that great day.