In the last blog post, I asked the question, “Can we sing songs of love to Allah?” As I noted there, I know that singing is not a traditional part of worship in historic Islam but that it is a vital element of worship for most Christians through the centuries.
In this post, I ask what some might consider a stranger question yet, “Does Allah sing songs of love to us?”
Are there songs in Paradise that He composes as He thinks of people here who love Him, trust Him, and live for Him?
Think about it. That would be amazing, wouldn’t it? For God in all His perfections – God who needs no one – to think about you or me and sing a song of love about us. Even. . .to us.
There was an obscure prophet named Zephaniah who lived 600 years before Jesus – over 2,600 years ago.
Listen to his incredible words (Zephaniah 3:17):
“The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”
This is the God I love. This is the God I believe in. A God who sings.
What is your image of God? How do you see Him? The only portrait of Him that is true is the one that He Himself has painted.
When I heard the announcement of President Obama’s re-election on the TV news stations on November 6th, I was in the western part of the U.S. Later on at about 1 in the morning, I went outside to do what I love to do at night when I am in that part of the country: look up at the stars and pray.
I have a confession to make: I was not at all happy about the presidential election results. In fact, I was deeply, deeply disappointed. This was not because I am a “Republican” or because Mitt Romney was a “perfect” candidate or because I agreed with all his positions. Not at all. There were several reasons, but it was in large part because of two issues that I so strongly believe in and hold dear that President Obama does not support: the sanctity of life (protecting helpless little babies from being aborted) and the sanctity of marriage (protecting a God-ordained institution that has been between a man and a woman for all of history).
So. . .I went outside. The stars were stunning. Amazing. So incredibly bright. Seeing the stars like this always reminds me of Who rules the earth. I may not have liked the presidential election results but my Book tells me that God rules and I must always give Him thanks. My Book tells me that those stars send me a message that He is above everything and can be counted upon no matter what happens on earth. Here are a few verses that express those thoughts:
Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Psalm 29:10b – “. . .the Lord is enthroned as King forever.”
Psalm 47:7,8 – “For God is the King of all the earth. . .God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.”
Kings, Sultans, Crown Princes, Emirs, Presidents, and Prime Ministers come and go through time but God never changes, never fails, never stops ruling. Yes, His final judgment will come and all truth will be finally revealed. But until that time. . .we are called to pray for government officials:
1 Timothy 2:1,2a – “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority. . .”
So let us all faithfully pray for President Obama and rulers around the world.
Most of all, we are called to give God praise and thanksgiving that is due Him – on election night. . .and every night.