One Sleepless Night

One night when I couldn’t sleep, I found myself singing, “He the Pearly Gates Will Open.”

As my heart kept singing, my mind kept thinking of the promise in Psalm 42:8, “At night His song is with me.” And that night it was. The melody kept me worshiping and praising Him, surrounded by His nocturnal presence.

As I kept humming and singing, the pronouns seemed so significant.

“He the pearly gates will open.” Jesus Himself will welcome me into heaven.
“So that I may enter in.” Personal, individual. Known by my name.
“For He purchased my redemption .” Bearing my sin in his own body on the cross.
“And forgave me all my sin. ” Removed as far as the East is from the West.

Revelation 21:21 describes in word pictures “The twelve gates, each made of a single pearl.” The song writer Fred Blom compressed the imagery of twelve gates into one, but the richness and beauty is still a reality.

I imagine Jesus opening the pearly gates, taking my hand with his nail-scarred hand, leading me up to the throne and saying, “ Leon, this is my Father, and He’s your Father as well.”

Even if you’ve never heard this hymn or sung it, just think of a praise or worship song that keeps singing in your heart and let those lyrics cause your heart, if not your lips, to worship and rejoice when you’re troubled or having a sleepless night.

As I began rubbing my eyes, praise and anticipation lulled me to sleep in the arms of the One who never slumbers nor sleeps,” the One waiting at the pearly gates for each of us who knows the Lord.

Singing Each Day

music makersMy wife shared this morning that her 90-year-old brother has a list of 593 songs he has sung over the years. And he has a second list of 23 he sings every day.

When I heard about all those songs, the Holy Spirit flooded my mind with Scriptures about singing, especially these three.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:3). When others heard David singing praises, it caused them to “put their trust in God.”

What a motivation to sing!

In corporate worship, “Speaking to one another in a variety of Christian songs” (Eph 5:19, Leon’s paraphrase) to encourage and comfort others. Recently, our Bible study group visited a hospice center to sing for an elder in our church to encourage him and comfort his family. Although he could not verbally respond while we sang songs like “10,000 Reasons,” his wife assured us that he understood.

What a motivation to sing!

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). As they sang in their pain from the cruel flogging and having their feet in stocks in the dark dungeon, their songs became a powerful vocal witness to “the other prisoners listening to them.”

What a motivation to sing!

I thank God for my wife’s sharing about her brother’s catalog of songs. It motivated me to sing songs during the day, like “You are My King,” “Jesus, Son of God,” and “In Christ Alone.”

Wanna join me in singing your favorite songs throughout the day?

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The first three to identify the guy wearing the bow tie in the picture, a free Starbuck’s latte is yours!