Singing and Sorrow

Sunday morning, we had one of the greatest moments of worship I've ever experienced. As Mackenzie beautifully and passionately led the song "Blessings", her artist' heart became overwhelmed with emotion and she was momentarily unable to sing. Then our StoneBridge worshippers stood to their feet, and took up the melody for her singing.....

"Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise"

I tried to join in with the singing. I knew the song well, but like Mackenzie I couldn't sing a note. My song stopped, my tears flowed.

I've had to sing many times when my emotions were running high and tears were close. The closer the tears, the smaller my throat becomes until I can't sing at all.

The Lord knows that about us. He knows that sorrow and singing don't mix. That why He says in Isaiah 51:11-12

11 The ransomed of the Lord will return.

They will enter Zion with singing;

everlasting joy will crown their heads.

Gladness and joy will overtake them,

and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12 I, even I, am he who comforts you.

I'm glad that we have a God who comforts us today.

And I look forward to the day when we are overwhelmed not by tears, but by gladness and joy.

Your fellow worshiper,

Joe McKinney