It had been a long, good and full day. I first sat with a group of women participating in stimulating discussion around the story of a Pharisee, Jesus and a woman (or was it around a woman, a Pharisee and Jesus?!). Later we listened to a friend tell of her experiences ministering in South Asia. Then it was on to worship in the sanctuary—truly the high point of the week as music, prayer and the spoken word drew us closer together as the family of God and closer to the One who deserves all worship. At home after a quick lunch and a task or two, I relaxed with Sabbath reading before heading out once more.
This time it was to be with people who vibrantly agree with Chris Tomlin’s lyrics:
You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation…
Greater things have yet to come
And greater thing are still to be done in this City…
The music was exuberant, flags waved, people shouted their praise. Psalms were read and prayers fervently offered first in adoration of our God, then in contrite confession and finally in humble yet bold supplication that God would enter our city gates, be honored and obeyed.
Suspecting that this beautiful, spontaneous worship could go on for some time, my body began giving me the unmistakable message that it was time for rest. I quietly slipped out, buoyed as I went with the words, “Our God is King!” As I drove westward to the parking lot exit, there in the sky was the scene pictured above. Not only a Colorado sunset, but truly a Colorado sun burst. It was as though God gave me a physical glimpse—just a glimpse—of the glory about which we’d been singing, that Jesus truly is King.
One day “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Until then—in the midst of confusion, anger, terror, broken dreams, loneliness, war and the everydayness of life—we sing. And look for the occasional sun burst to feed our faith.
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