Sunday, September 28, 2014

~ "Encore..."

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  (Ps 100:4-5)

How truly wonderful it that!!!  His love is everlasting!  It will endure forever!  

My first thought when I read the first verse of today's post was the energy we use when we enter the concert hall that will showcase our favorite band.  There is constant chatter, usually focused on other concerts we've attended or on the band's latest release.  Then, the lights dim and the crowd begins to whistle and holler in anticipation.  They take the stage and the arena erupts into loud applause and screaming (depending on the band).  They play that first chord and you instinctively know the song they are about to play.  The adrenaline rushes through your body and you spend the next hour or so on your feet singing along.  Then the stage goes dark.  The audience is filled with the flickering lights of a Bic.  Then, without knowing precisely when, the band reappears and plays it's final encore.  You leave the even still singing, still smiling and carry that feeling all the way home in the car.

Now, go back.  Replace that "band" with our Creator.  For centuries, God's people waited.  They prepared themselves for the coming of the Savior.  The Promised One.  He came and gave us a new order - to love one another.  He died on the cross for our sins, and now we wait for the encore.  The Second Coming.

Do we know every word to every "song" written?  Do we gather to give thanks and bless his name? In the darkness, do we wait patiently for him?  Do we have the same faith in his word that he has in us?

No matter how far we stray, or "forget" to sing his praises, he remains our loving, merciful Creator! He continues to bless us, provide for us and watch over us.  The encore, the second coming, will be spectacular.  Every knee will bend, every voice will utter praises!  Get a head start on the crowd - know the words before the music starts!