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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
TITLE: Cacophony of beauty
By Helen Paynter
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Chao is singing the God-song; his timbre harsh and brazen. The bruising to his voice box may settle. It may not. Relentlessly he continues; songs of a God who loves the wicked. The melody rises to heaven, eddying around the Throne.
Jumoke is singing the God-song; the music cracked and parched. The fire stole her family and tore at her face. Her persecutors laughed to witness her agony. She spills her anguish in her song; a declaration of the God who saves. The melody spirals to heaven and perfumes the Throne room.
Faisal is singing the God-song lustily through silent lips. The huddled congregation, assembled in stealth, is hymning with whispers the King of kings. The melody ascends to heaven, fragrant incense before the Throne.
And the One who sits on the Throne delights with weeping in the God-song that they sing. From Beijing, Lagos, Riyadh, it rises in beauty and fervency.
The enemy has tried to suppress the song. He has beaten, burned and banned it. Crushed, it bursts out in new places and novel expressions. Stifled, it leaps up with renewed vigour. Threatened with cold ire, it rises with passion.
It cannot be stopped. It was sung by God himself.
<i>How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? </i> Psalm 137 v 4
<i>Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. </i>Ephesians 5 v 19
<i>…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. </i>Revelation 5 v 8
Quotations taken from the New International Version
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