Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Heavenly Hosts

Several months ago The Husband, Kidlet Three and I had the honor of attending the church where Favorite-Son-In-Law and Kidlet One worship.  There happened to be, at my best guess, around 200 people in the service.

Two hundred people that had one agenda.  A common agenda.  To worship God.  To bring glory and honor to the Author of Life, to the King of Kings, to the Resurrected Lord. 

The worship was incredible.  The multitude of voices joined together.  Talk about a "goose bump" service!

As we sang, I closed my eyes and could picture myself standing in front of Him.  Oh, He was looking at me with eyes that burned of love.  There was a twinkle in His eyes as I sang of my love and exalted His Name.  God.  In front of me.  My worship is to Him and only Him.

When I opened my eyes, there were women from the congregation dancing in the front of the church.  Dancing their joy with white, flowing robes.  Using dance as an expression where words just cannot say the depth of love and thanksgiving that is felt.  Around and around they swirled and, oh, how I wanted to join in with them!
I closed my eyes again and then I heard it. There was this background sound that I couldn't distinguish what it was.  It hadn't been there before.  I strained to figure out if the sound system was having a problem or one of the instruments from the worship team was louder than the others.  It then became clear.

Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

To my knees I fell as I realized the heavenly hosts had joined us to worship and proclaim God's holiness.

Very loud and very clear I heard a thundering Holy, Holy, Holy.

Never before have I had the privilege of hearing the worship of angels and heavenly beings.  It reminded me of the verse from Revelation 7:9 (The Message translation).

"I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb! All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, Animals— fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, singing: Oh, Yes! The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes!"

This was one church service no one wanted to leave!  The Presence of the Living God was there and people found themselves lingering as if yearning for more time to spend with Him.

Only one word can describe this experience I had:  Amazing!

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