The Gift of Our Discontent

Another World  God put within each of us a taste for the eternal.

When the disappointments of this life overwhelm,

He reminds us that we were made for another world.

And it is this yearning – the gift of our discontent –

that keeps us looking up.

Rejoicing in the hope of heaven.

The promise of home.

 

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14

A Reason To Sing

I’m sure at some point, like me, you’ve visited one of those churches where the worship is non-existent. Where the congregation sits expressionless through one lifeless song after another and the poor pastor seems resigned to sad fact that the Spirit has left the building.

(Okay, I know that God’s Spirit resides in believers rather than buildings and worship is more than singing songs, but you get the point.)

“The engagement of the heart in worship is the coming alive of the feelings and emotions and affections of the heart.  Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.”
John Piper

When we forget the One who has given us a reason to sing, our “house of worship” turns into just a plain, old house. But God desires the honest and heartfelt praises of His people.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

True worship is communion between our spirit and His. It is a life-source for us, like this umbilical connection with the eternal. And it is birthed out of our appreciation of how great He is and how blessed we are for the unmerited grace He has given us.

And when true worshipers gather together, as seen in the video below, it’s a faint glimpse of what I imagine heaven will be like. The redeemed of God, from all over the world, raising up their voices in one inspiring song of praise.

Now that’s a reason to sing!

Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God (World Edition) from chris-tomlin on GodTube.

Linking up with Deidra and The Sunday Community

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground
and worshiped God.
They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

Revelation 7:9-12

No More Sad Days

Sad days. Sometimes they hit you out of nowhere.

Today I learned that someone I know died this past weekend in a motorcycle accident. Trina was a former co-worker. For years, she sat a few feet away from me. Now, she is in heaven.

If you’re like me, startling news like this is a compelling motivator to take an inventory of your life. To use a cliche, it is a “wake up call” that reminds us about the fragility of life and how we need not take one moment for granted.

For the Christian, comfort and inspiration is found in the scriptures that tell us about a place called heaven. A place prepared for His children. A place of eternal life where we will reunite with those who have gone before us.

And, I’m happy to say, a place where sad days will no longer exist.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)