I was driving to work and listening to a local Christian radio station. Amid the usual morning banter came the song “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever.”
I have no idea what came over me. As soon as this uplifting praise song began, I felt tears running down my face. There I was, almost at work, and I could hardly see to drive because of a song. What was going on?
I sat in my car after I arrived at my destination, trying to figure it out. Then it struck me. The song reminded me that while another day of normal activity was beginning here on earth, my daughter Melissa was fulfilling the ultimate hope of that song in heaven. I pictured her brightly singing of God’s love—getting a head start on the rest of us in that forever song. It was a bittersweet moment of understanding Melissa’s joy while being reminded again of our sadness in not having her with us.
Much of life is like that. Joys and sorrows intermingle—making reminders of God’s glory so vital. We need those glimpses of a promising praise-filled future in our Savior’s presence. In the sadnesses of life, we need the anticipation of joy—the joy that comes from singing of God’s love and enjoying His presence forever.
The saints of all ages in heaven sing praise
With voices and harps to the Ancient of Days;
No music on earth with that sound can compare,
Yet in that vast chorus our voices will share. —D. De Haan
Those who know Christ now will sing His praises forever.