Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Singin' Praises

My friend Emily and I found ourselves sitting in an old Broadway theater. But instead of seeing a play or musical, we were there to attend a church service.

 I had heard the music was good at Time Square Church, but I was in for a wonderful surprise.

The first song was called, “Holy is the Lord” by Chris Tomlin. The congregation rose to its feet and an energy that I had sensed the moment I entered the building became magnified as praises from thousands of people surged throughout the theater. 

 As we sang, I marveled at the diverse colors in the choir. The singers were uniform because of the matching choir robes they wore; yet they were so different because of the color of their skin and the texture of their hair.

 Emily leaned over and said, “This is what heaven is going to look like.” I had never thought of that.

 The third song was “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” The gospel hymn was sung with a passion and enthusiasm seen only at concerts. The congregation clapped their hands, stamped their feet, and smiled as they joyfully sang the verses that I had never before heard.

 Then, the sermon came. It was a sermon on praise. The preacher went through the Psalms and outlined the reasons for praising God. The service ended with several more praise songs to back up the sermon.

 My heart seemed to dance with the choir. It’s hard to describe what it felt like to be in a packed house and know my praises, along with a multitude of others’, were for my Jesus.

 It was an edifying couple of hours. It will be in my memory for a long time. And I have more reasons for praising God.

 As if I didn’t have plenty already. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for putting into words that wonderful memory! I will always treasure that day! Love you, girl!