Sounds of Heaven

Have you ever wondered what Heaven is like? We use the phrase “Tastes like heaven” “Looks like heaven” etc. but what does that really even mean? In the Bible, it’s described as Paradise. On dictionary.com, the first definition of paradise is literally “heaven, as the final abode of the righteous”.

When I think of the word paradise, I think of Hawaii. I’ve never been, but from pictures I’ve seen, it looks pretty paradise-y to me. But I think even though as beautiful as Hawaii may be, I think the ultimate Paradise, the throne of the Creator of the stars is much more beautiful.

In 2012/2013, I started thinking a lot about death and what happens when I’m no longer living on earth. It started to make me nervous because I didn’t want to leave my mom behind. What if I left earlier than I wanted to? What if, what if, what if? It got to a point to where I’d think about it so much that it scared me and Heaven isn’t a place that should make you scared. I put the thought behind me as if it didn’t really matter much, so that I wouldn’t start getting anxious over the thoughts that consumed me.

This past weekend, my mom and I went to the Hits Deep Tour with tobyMac and other artists. Other than it being a really incredible concert, there were also some really great moments of pure, raw worship.

One of the most comforting things that I’ve really started to notice about singing in a crowd is that you don’t have to sound particularly beautiful to human ears, because any praise is the most glorious sound to His magnificent ears. Beautiful, unfiltered worship coming from the lips of the Created, oh but that’s what we were created for. When I’m in a crowd, I like to sing as quiet as I can. Singing into a microphone on a regular basis, you have to control volume, pitch, tone, all that good stuff; when you’re singing to your Jesus in a heart to heart conversation, words don’t even have to leave your mouth. He knows.

During one of the sets at the show, there was a time where I just stood there with my eyes closed and listened to thousands of believers sing in unity “…praising my Savior all the day long”. And right in the quiet of my own time with my Father, in the blankness of my conscience in that moment, the only thing that came to my mind was “So this is what Heaven sounds like.”

In Revelation 19:1, it says:

Heaven is more than the pearly gates and angel door greeters. It’s living in the presence of the Almighty and praising Him for all eternity. If it’s anything like what I experienced for a few brief seconds last weekend, I don’t know if I’d have any words to praise. Thankfully He knows my heart’s song. No worries.

Verse: Revelation 19:1

Song: “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe from the album The Worship Project (1999)

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