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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Practicing for Heaven

What do reading my Bible, praying to God, and laughing/singing/dancing at a good party have in common? Give up? They all fill my heart with God! I know, you might think the party part to be strange, but it is true! Just this past weekend, I went to a wedding along with some of my closest friends—my sister, 3 cousins and their spouses/significant others. We had such a fun time. My voice has been kind of sore all week from laughing so hard and from singing over the lively music. Even though I have no rhythm at all, I so enjoyed dancing with these loved ones. Several times that night, I smiled as I thought of what heaven must be like as we will get to rejoice with the fullest of joy in the presence of our Almighty God! Surely, my heart will just burst then with song, dance, and every expression of joy before our Glorious God in the presence of the family of Christ. I praise God for giving me a taste of that joy in this life!

Psalm 149:2-4
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with tambourine and harp.
4 For the LORD takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with salvation.

Nehemiah 8:5-10
5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read. 9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, "This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. 10 Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Revelation 19:4-8
4The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!" 5Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!" 6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 9Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God."

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