We will be singing 'Your Great Name' this Sunday. I love the line where it says, 'And all the world will praise your great name...' I love to sing. I have been singing since I was a kid. But sometimes I love to listen too. Last week in Honduras we had the privilege of going to a worship service in the city of La Ceiba at Mount Horeb Church. At one point in the service, I just stopped and looked around and listened to the sound of worshipers crying out and praising the name of Jesus or as they say over there "Hey-soos". In Revelation 7 it says, "9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
Can you imagine this scene? All different ages. All different hair styles from mullets to afros. All different skin colors. All different back grounds and personalities and socio-economic groups and trades and hobbies and likes and dislikes and musical tastes and political opinions, etc. I mean there are so many things to divide these people against each other. It is truly a huge and diverse world and we have an enemy who scatters and divides us. He divides husbands and wives and families. He divides best friends by creating confusion through gossip and accusations. He divides us with racism based on skin color and prejudice. Yet, there is One, that in His presence all differences fall away. It says that they were standing in front of the Lamb and their gaze was upon Him who sits on the throne, Jesus. Real Worship happens when a group of people who are all different fix their eyes on the same Savior and their differences fade away and it displays to an onlooking world the life-changing power of Christ. Afterall, Jesus said that when we are One (worshiping Him together), the world will believe.