Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Revelation Song

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Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

"Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth."

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.
-Revelation 5

For two summers I worked at Fuge camp as a videographer and every week we made a video recapping the adventures of the past seven days. Week 1, the most difficult thing for me was filming worship. It seemed so invasive- people were worshipping and didn't know they were being filmed or they weren't worshipping, but when they saw the camera, the eyes would close and the hands would go up.

I thought about not doing it at all.
There as going to be a four minute block of nothing in that End of the Week video because I opted out of filming worship. But the first time I edited that thing together, the worship footage was so incredibly moving. There were students who had been so hardened all week, and on film, I got to capture something that was real. These were real images that students were going to take home and have forever as a reminder that something real happened to them that week at camp.

Worship has meant something different to me since then. I like to keep my eyes open. Part of my worship includes getting to see people really connect in a genuine experience. Try it next time. Some people sit. Some people pray. Some people stand by themselves (this is honestly my preference). Some people journal. Some people sing with reckless abandon. It's all beautiful.

Here is the thing that gets me, if you'll follow me one step further. Again, I believe that every part of our life on this planet is pointing to God the Creator, the things that have been and the things to come. Every time we come together in corporate worship, we get a little sneak peak of what it's going to be like one day in Heaven, all of us sitting around the throne, angels and elders and creatures with seven eyes singing along. I love to stop singing and just listen. Last night at the Lifeway National Youth Workers Convention, getting to hear the instruments drop out and the room of men and women sing "How He Loves" just warmed my heart like you wouldn't believe.

This place isn't our home and it's nice to get a little dose of where we belong every now and then to help with the homesickness. It's going to be amazing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dennis sent this quote to the choir in an email yesterday. It is from Bob Kauflin, former lead singer of Glad, now a worship pastor and one of Dennis' mentors. I love what he says:

"So as I’m standing in front of the church, leading them in songs, Scripture reading, and prayer, my goal is not to “lead them into God’s presence,” but to help them remember and celebrate what Christ has accomplished for them through his righteous life, atoning death, and glorious resurrection. As they place their faith and trust in the perfect high priest, they will most likely experience a fresh awareness of God’s nearness. Their position in Christ hasn’t changed. Their appreciation of it has. The church will be built up and God will be glorified."