Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Sweet Sound Of Heaven

Music is a small taste of heaven that we get to preview down here.

Revelation 5:9-14 And they sang a new song with these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For You were slaughtered, and Your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 And You have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth."

11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered--to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing."

13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: "Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever." 14 And the four living beings said, "Amen!"

And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

One of the greatest gifts that God has given to us is music, it is beauty that you can hear, there is a style for everyone to enjoy. Music is just a small taste of heaven that we get to preview down here. The sound of music is a delight that you will only get to hear for eternity if you are prepared to spend eternity in heaven.

The only sound that hell knows is noise, the evil noise of hell can be heard all around us. The sounds of evil come from the satanic forces in our world and are heard everyday, there are screams, crying, cursing and gun shots, that should disturb us. There isn't anything pleasant about it and there isn't any harmony to the sounds of evil.

In contrast to all of this noise down here is the sounds that we will enjoy in Heaven. It will be loud from the very beginning, a shout from the archangel and a trumpet call is the next sound that a follower of Jesus wants to hear. We won't have to hear the noise of evil ever again as we enjoy the sweet sound of Heaven for eternity.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
If you think your neighbors are noisy in this world just wait until you hear how loud eternity is going to be. Heaven and Hell will both be very noisy places to live but the sounds will be much different.

The Apostle John gives us a peek at the glory of God and a listen to the reaction of those that have see his glory. John tells us that he "heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders." The Book of Revelation is filled with songs of praise (Revelation 4:8, 4:11; 5:9-13; 7:12-17; 11:15-18; 12:10-12; 15:3-4; 16:5-7; 18:2-8; 19:2-6)

Four reasons why we worship Jesus:

Because of who He is (Revelation 5:5-7)
He is the "Lion of the tribe of Judah," he is the “Ancient of Days.” and he is also the "Lamb."

Because of where He is (Revelation 5:6)
He is not in the manger, in Jerusalem, on the cross, or in the tomb. He is ascended and exalted in heaven.

Because of what He does (Revelation 5:8-10)
When the Lamb came and took the scroll (Dan 7:13-14), the weeping ended and the praising began.

Because of what He has (Revelation 5:11-14)
All of heaven’s praise came because the Lamb took the scroll from the Father’s hand. God’s great eternal plan would now be fulfilled and creation would be set free from the bondage of sin and death.
- Warren Wiersbe Commentary
The sounds of this world can be so discouraging, the meanness, the brutality and the chaos all around us can wear on us. We need to attend worship at least once a week and listen to worship music everyday so that we can get a little glimpse into the sweet sound that is waiting for us in our eternal home in heaven.