As Elder Don Longworth read his text this past Sunday I immediately recalled a Sunday School class I had taught long before I was married many, many years ago.
At the time I attended a small non-denominational church just a few blocks from home. The adult class met in the sanctuary but my class, a boisterous group of ten-year-old boys met in a small classroom off the sanctuary to one side of the platform.
To maintain the attention of such an energetic crew required a good bit of creativity. We had been studying through the life of David when we came to Psalm 24. “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? “Who may stand in his holy place?” David asks rhetorically in verse 3. “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” He replies.
I wanted to impress on the kids what a great privilege and excitement it was to be admitted into the Presence of the Lord Almighty… How the people might SHOUT as they approached Him! So I said to the class, “As I read verses 7-10 when I get to the parts that ask “Who is this King of glory?” (v.8) you fellas SHOUT out loud like you imagine the people to shout,
“The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle!”
Well the first time round it shook the classroom, but then came v.10 – “Who is He, this King of glory?” and again came the roar,
“The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory!“
This time the piano strings in the sanctuary vibrated! The adult class came to a standstill, and in the classroom papers rustled.
Well, thereafter I became legendary as the class took a spot in that church’s history. Such exuberance! — The King of Glory! ……. My! But… can we even begin to imagine….
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Rev. 5:11-14)