Singing the “Forever Song”
[Excerpts from an article by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger,
University Pastor and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia University, Chicago.]
“When the Church sings, it never sings alone, but joins its voice with all those who worship the Lamb upon the throne. Our worship is extended beyond time and space through many people, cultures, tongues and languages…….
To sing the “Forever Song” is to know that you are connected to something greater than yourself—something of an eternal wonder, beauty and majesty……….
It is also to know that the song we sing now will never end. All other songs will cease,beven those of the greatest accomplishments of our lives and of our world. But when we sing as His people, about His steadfast love and faithfulness, in His Spirit, we can be certain that, because He lives and loves forever, so will we.
The song of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness began in God’s own heart, and is heard most powerfully in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ, the “Forever Song” seeks and saves a broken and discordant creation, bringing redemption, resurrection and restoration for all who join its unending music. His steadfast song is eternal because He is eternal; and we are invited to join in its harmonies both here in time and forever.”
At Zion, we sing the “Forever Song” in worship through the hymns, liturgy and psalms. We do so to deeply imbed the message of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness into our hearts, so we can proclaim it boldly to those who follow us.
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make
known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)