A few days ago I was attempting to program my Pandora station for my desk top at work. As I searched for gospel stations I took note of all the categories of gospel music to choose from - Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Gospel, Country Gospel, Instrumental Hymns, etc. I paused to privately chuckle and asked myself the question "What will we sing when we all get to heaven?" "When We All Get to Heaven" is a gospel song I remember singing as a child:
“When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus we will shout and sing the victory!” The chorus: “Everybody will be happy, will be happy over there, we will shout and sing God's praises, everybody will be happy over there!
The church would really begin to “SHOUT” and praise after singing the chorus a few times! You know old time church when the chairs were knocked over and the nurse’s board would come to check your pulse to make sure you were in the Spirit and not cardiac arrest! All of these memories caused me to ask the question - in what gospel music genre will we sing praises to God when we all get to heaven? What language? Will we rap or chant? Not that God would have a preference since he receives our many varied praise and worship every day. It is man who promotes his cultural and domination’s way is best. The scripture simply instructs us to “Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a New Song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people” (Psalm 149:1). (Emphasis added).
I believe we will worship and praise in a most Excellent Way. In my 'sanctified' imagination the angels will call a rehearsal and teach us new songs of praise and worship.The language will not be Chinese, Italian, German, or English but we will sing the new songs in a new key,with new rhythms in a heavenly language to the One God Father and Creator of us all! I imagine it will be music our ears have not heard before, but rather heavenly compositions of music perfectly suited to give God the highest praise, glory and honor. The style, rhythms, or beat won’t matter because we will be happy to sing a New Song in the New Jerusalem. We will make ‘a joyful noise unto the Lord, and come before his presence with singing’ where everyday will be Sunday and the Sabbath will have no end!!
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait!