Published March 22, 2011

Paul's Epistle...
"Random Thoughts"

The other day someone reminded me of an item I wrote several years ago about God singing. I went back to find it, and, actually, it was just one of several short thoughts I had strung together one time for this column. They're all good – so here are some of them again:

Did you know that God sings? Zephaniah 3:17 says that the Lord God "will rejoice over you with gladness....He will rejoice over you with singing." Wouldn't you love to hear God sing? I certainly would. What a Featured Artist He would make on "The Gospel Greats" program!!! (Come to think of it, in a sense, He already is.) That God sings should come as no surprise. Scripture tells us heaven is full of singing by the redeemed of all ages, God's people sing here on earth, and one day we'll sing a "new song" in heaven. It's no wonder that singing is such a big part of our worship and a powerful way to spread the Gospel. (Don't worry – I think our new bodies will come with voices equipped for heaven-quality singing!)

I came across an interesting quote the other day from the well-known poet Robert Frost. He said, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." I don't know enough about Robert Frost to be certain about this, but I'd surmise that even he didn't realize how true his statement was. Life does, indeed, go on. Forever! Oh, it changes its form sooner or later, but it does go on. We as Christians believe that actions we take in this life – specifically in regard to Jesus Christ – determine where we will spend our lifetime in eternity. Will it be spent with Him in heaven? The only alternative is an eternity of punishment and regret.

During a trip to Michigan some years ago to visit Shelia's folks, she had tabulated the number of miles it had taken to get there so that, on the return trip, she could count them down. She wanted to know how close she was to home. Each day for us as Christians is one day closer to home. The difference is that we don't know when we'll get there, so we can't count down the days. But we can be sure that each day is, indeed, one day closer to our eternal home. And one day – probably sooner rather than later – we'll get there.

Christians don't rail against sin to let people know they're going to hell, but rather to keep them from it. One must first confess that he or she is a sinner before he or she can be forgiven. Who can be forgiven if there's nothing to forgive? Or, more to the point, who can feel forgiven if they think there is nothing to forgive?

I came across a prayer from Rev. Peter Marshall, chaplain of the U. S. Senate, 1947-49, that may be even more appropriate now than it was then: "We pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live – time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to know each other."

- Paul

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