Finally, I’d like to make note of the scenes we find in Revelation. Throughout this book we get glimpses of spectacular worship services in which the creatures surrounding God’s throne can’t stop praising Him on repeat. Even though their words aren’t mentioned to have music backing them up, they certainly sound caught up in a Pentecostal worship service. They are actually in the presence of God practicing presence-music. They’ve caught a glimpse of Him and now they can’t stop praising Him. One of the creatures even has tons of eyes in front and behind him, as though he needed as many as he could possibly get to comprehend God, and yet even that kind of spectacular vision was not enough to get him out of being stuck on loop.
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev 4:8)
Eventually, there’s a voice “like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders” (Rev 14:2-3). And then in due time, those who conquer the beast are found with “harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses” (Rev 15:2-3).
This spectacular worship service throughout Revelation gives us glimpses of what we can only hope to experience in presence-music here on Earth in this time. We don’t pour out our praises expecting to get something out of it, but we do want to worship God, engage His presence, and experience Him as intimately as possible. And so when we sing, we join with the angels and the creatures around God’s throne. We join the song of eternity and seek out the presence of God.
This is an excerpt from my book, The Rush and the Rest.