Heaven is a place of worship… of singing… of harmony. What is a song? Is it not many notes, expressed through numerous instruments, using various voices, tempos, beats, melodies and rhythms? But it is one song.
Perhaps during this Covid-19 pandemic you have seen artists or individuals collaborate together online with other artists or individuals to create an ensemble singing encouragement to the masses. Many people, many voices, many places coming together to make a unity… a beautiful unity of individuals uncompromised in their identities, yet making one whole.
This is diversity plus unity creating harmony.
Spirit-led worship is a wonderful thing. Everyone is in prayer as much as in song, sounds rise and swell, recede and whisper, vocals and musicians sense the same rise and fall, the Spirit of the Lord blows where it wishes and voices and instruments follow. Then, it subsides… everyone together… and the season gently closes. There is silence as the Dove lingers…
Harmony… Spirit-formed harmony… is a wonderful thing. As Pastor Andrew read last Sunday, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1).
Few of us can imagine that blessedness. Consequently, few of us hunger for it. Instead, as Pastor Andrew also said, “Many settle for peace, not unity.” Peace is good, but Christ has so much more for His beloved. He has unity. Unity in Him.
But He does not want us to wait for heaven; He wants us to display this unity NOW! How do I know? Because He says it is this unity which will lead the lost to believe! “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21). And He says it again, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (v.23)
Oh with what pain the Saviour must ache for us to put down our pettiness and pick up His purity, patience, and God’s forgiving love which “covers a multitude of sins.” (Jas. 5:20).
Let’s not be His fighting children which brings Him grief. As John urged, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (1 John 4:7). He intends to bring us to unity so we be wise to work with Him towards it.