I love music. As long as I can recall, music has moved me. A song of a soloist passionately singing their heart out in praise of the Lord can move me to sing along. Hearing a praise team with harmonizing parts, just adds a beautiful dimension to the lyrics of adoration.
And then there are choirs. The voices of men and women vocalizing the different parts is another form of song that moves me. The hymns that we sing in church are another way that four parts of music can be brought together to reflect a deeper, richer aspect of a song.
Of course, one of my favorite pieces for choirs is Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Just to listen, or to participate, and even, on a few occasions, to direct a choir singing this arrangement can move me to tears.
But when I try to wrap my head around the thought of all of the redeemed, from all of the ages, from every tribe and language and people and nation, encircling the throne of God and singing praise and adoration to our Heavenly Father, it runs shivers up and down my spine. To borrow the words of Mercy Me, I can only imagine.
I’ll close with a portion of a song with a beautiful message.
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
Songwriters: Peter Furler / Steve Taylor
He Reigns lyrics © BMG Rights Management,
Capitol Christian Music Group