Posted by: Phoebe | August 10, 2008

Does God Sing?

An amazing thought from Bob Kauflin: God sings! We sing because we are created in His image. Mr. Kauflin observes that, according to scripture, in heaven God will sing over us. Jesus no doubt sang. And a sign of the filling of the Holy Spirit is that we will sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Mr. Kauflin helps us imagine how glorious it will be to hear God sing.

As I was imagining this, I was reminded of the end of the movie The Return of the King, when the newly crowned King Aragorn sings over his people. The song he sings is simple but haunting:

“Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien.
Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn’
Ambar-metta!”

In English:

“Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come.
In this place will I abide, and my heirs,
unto the ending of the world.”

This song fulfills the sorrow and joy that had built up to the return of the King of Gondor. But beautiful as it is, it is incomplete. Sorrow and death still exist in Middle Earth. The troubles of the past are not completely transformed. And when I hear this song, I am full of longing, not complete satisfaction.

What an amazing thing it is to realize that one day we will hear God sing. King Jesus’ song will be greater than Aragorn’s, greater in splendor, sorrow, and joy than we could possibly imagine. When He sings to us, He will have completely transformed our sorrow into joy. We will see the magnificent picture of God’s work in history, and we will be filled with unfading satisfaction. Our joy in this song will be perfect, because we will be with God and we will hear His voice of love. We will hear Jesus rejoice:

  • He will rejoice over us, His people who put their trust in Him.
  • He will rejoice in His loving and just Father and in the working of the Holy Spirit through history. (Jn 17)
  • He will rejoice that the sorrow of His death has turned to victory and that the temporary sorrows of His people are turned to eternal joy. (Is 53, Heb 2:10-12)
  • He will rejoice that He is with His people, not “unto the ending of the world,” as Aragorn sings, but for all eternity! (Rev 21:3)

 

In closing, here is a passage from Zephaniah 3 giving us a glimpse of God’s holy and amazing joy. I have highlighted certain phrases, but the entire passage is beautiful:

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The
King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the Lord.

Alleluia! Praise the Lord! And come, Lord Jesus!

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Responses

  1. […] post all that frequently, but when she does, the articles are truly interesting.   Like this one from August, attempting to answer the musical question, “Does God sing?”  That article […]

  2. From “Of First Importance”:

    “God is the ultimate musician. His music transforms your life. The notes of redemption rearrange your heart and restore your life. His songs of forgiveness, grace, reconciliation, truth, hope, sovereignty, and love give you back your humanity and restore your identity.”

    – Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More


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