I just came home from a special night at our church. The womens’ ministries group gathered singers and instrumentalists for what they titled “A Celebration of Music,” which also included some congregational singing.
The program included the ancient and the modern … an organ/piano duets of Praise to the Lord, the Almighty followed a few numbers later by a husband and wife team singing The Wonderful Cross, with the additional chorus (you can find it on Chris Tomlin’s CD, The Noise We Make). There were the young and the not-as-young-as-they-once were … a 12-year-old singing Breathe (accompanying herself on the piano, might I add) and grandmother and her daughter singing Here I Am.
So many ages, musical styles, arrangements, modern, traditional … all in the name of the one and only God over all.
I started to think that this was a glimpse of what heaven will be like. If we know anything from the Scriptures, its that heaven is ringing with the praises of God and it would be crazy of us to think that it will sound just like the music we listen to today or even the hymns, psalms and spiritual songs of the early church.
It will be both. With the rhythms of sub-Saharan Africa and the ethereal melodies of traditional Celtic music and the twang of old-school bluegrass and the pulse of Latin American salsas and the otherwordly sound of an Indian zither and so, so, so much more added in.
I can’t wait to hear that symphony of praise.