Last Year the movie, “I Can Only Imagine”, came out on the big screen. It is the account of the writer’s journey of life and how he was inspired to write the song, “I Can Only Imagine”, recorded by the music band, Mercy Me. As I am known for, I cried. Yes, because the movie relates some harsh realities of life that many of our children in this world must endure, but more because of the promise that was being exposed, the promise of God’s love and mercy and grace.
Revelation 4:8-11 says, “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’ And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever, and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, ‘You are worthy, 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.'”
Singing to God is an intimate part of our interaction with God. The book of Luke tells of Angles singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Then there is also Mary’s famous song we call the Magnificat. (Luke 1:46-55) She says, “My soul Magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… Our list could go on, and on, and on, but only adding to the fact that song is deep part of our faith life, and a beautiful way of interacting with God.
Now I know that many people have certain ideas about what heaven is going to look like for them and their interactions with God. We have joke after joke that reminds us of the great encounter with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. But for me, I go back to song, and the language of revelation, and I can only imagine singing praises to God all day long. I can only imagine the overwhelming awe I will have just simply to be with God and in God’s presence, with the light of the Son on my face, listening to the choir of angles singing holy, holy, holy. And I hope that I am singing with them. This is what I imagine. How about you?
This blog post is a re-post of original work by myself – Pastor Martin – from April 5, 2018 on another website.