EUPHORIA & PAEAN - PART 6
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2023
Reference: Ephesians 5:19 The Voice (VOICE) "When you are filled with the Spirit, you are empowered to speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; to sing and make music with your hearts attuned to God."
Another point I want us to notice is that singing paean and entertaining godly music in our hearts make us more receptive to God. According to our referenced Scripture, it keeps our hearts attuned to God. In Job chapter 38, God asked Job striking questions. But the specific questions I want to draw your attention to is:
In verse 4: Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
And in verse 7: while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Having considered the above questions, I've come to an accurate conclusion that God wants us to always participate in praise sessions during Christian gatherings. Why did I say so? In a symbolic or allegorical manner, God was saying to Job, "Where were you...while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" Seeing it from another non-literal phraseology, God was saying, "Job, you missed the praise and worship session."
So my main focus lies on verse 7, because the first rendering, "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?" (verse 4), may generate a slight surprise in your understanding due to it's face value, but consider what I have in mind, which is the fact that paean is absolutely needful in God's sight because the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy right there, as God was busy with "heaven and earth" creation.
Apparently and symbolically, "Where were you" suggests that Job missed the paean. Beloved, don't you know that God wants you to always join the chorus or become part of "praise and worship" sessions in your church services? Yet, are you aware that some of us have mastered the act of late coming, and thus, miss out on paean? If you are reading this, were you on time during your last church service? Or did you skip the praise and worship session? If so, this explains that you are less familiar with the impactful and eternal significance of paean, which has rewarding influences in the house of God.
Beloved, as we make "praise and worship" a habitual response to God, our spiritual flow direction becomes and remains guided by the Holy Spirit in His specialized way. Although heavenly hosts and angelic beings dwell in eternity, they still attend our paean on earth with joy. Of course, angels don't miss such events because its God's mind for all of His creation.
To instantiate this verity, during the birth of Jesus, Luke 2:8-11 revealed, "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord" (NIV).
Now watch this: Suddenly a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:13-14 NIV). Did you grasp that? A great company of the heavenly host, full of paean, appeared with the angel in response to Jesus' birth. Indeed, praise & worship: the most popular language in heaven and on earth!
Even in our various denominations or autonomous Christian faith communities in Christendom, angelic beings are well pleased to participate with us, irrespective of the system of paean we all practise on earth as born again Christians. And as we take a look at our environment and notice the beauty of nature around us, we are bound to appreciate the clear evidence that all of creation points to the truth that the Lord is so good and awesome, and He is absolutely worthy of our paean. More so, the Bible stated that all of creation are made to praise God. All His angels praise Him; all His hosts praise Him, heavenly bodies, trees, animals and so on (see Psalm 148:1-14 NIV).
It's not enough to feel euphoric about going to church like King David, you also have to treasure being steadily punctual and eagerly prepared to be blessed by God as you join other saints in singing paean. In fact, I could conceivably pin your blessings on being fulfilled and satisfactory- in terms of participating in paean, not only when the Word is delivered to you. Stay tuned for part 7. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 96:11-13; Isaiah 43:21; Revelation 4:11; Revelation 5:13.
Guided Prayer: Gracious Father in heaven, Blessed be Jehovah, my rock. Have all the glory and praise, for you are worthy of it, in Jesus' Name, Amen!