Sing To Me Of Heaven

 Psalm 100

A Psalm of praise.

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.   2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 

 

Most of us love to sing  Music is a vital part of my life personally.   Singing was very important to my father’s family. He and his  brothers visited as often as they could. They always sang.  I remember my dad and my sisters, they sang beautiful harmonies  I grew up singing with my family.

 

Bible writers often remind us of the value of thinking about heaven,  Colossians 3:1-4

1If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory

 

To think about to sing about heaven is a powerful incentive to focus our lives upon God’s will for our lives,  it gives us strength for our day, and lifts daily burdens giving us release from our  toils .  

 

To cast our eyes toward Canaan land  causes us to renew our strength, to “not grow weary in well doing”....  It is a great incentive to faithfulness.   We read in James 5:13

13Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.

 

Singing is an expression of the heart. We sing when our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude. In our text this morning  he psalmist wrote: 

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.   2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.   Psalm 100

 

In Colossians 3:16-17  we read the purpose of song

6Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. 17And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

In a kindred verse Ephesians 5:18-18 

19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

The Bible teaches there is heavenly abode.   At the dedication of the temple Solomon said,   Kings 8:27

27But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?    

 

We are encouraged in Matthew 5:16 to let our light so shine that others seeing our good works will glorify our Father “which is in heaven.”   Concerning the ascension of our Lord we read, “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God” Mark 16:19. 

 

And, concerning heaven being a place, how comforting are the words of   our Lord   John 14:1-4:

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

We often sing the beautiful hymn: ¾”There Is A Habitation”¾

 

The scriptures depict God's people as those traveling on a journey...   Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus depicts  two ways from which we must choose.  These two ways present themselves to us everyday. We choose to do right or do wrong.  In Ephesians 5:15-17 we read

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.   

 

So many passages warn us and remind us to be ready  Revelation 22:14   NT closes

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Consider the words of the Hymn

“It Is Well With My Soul”

 

It is my prayer this morning that all of us can sing this song with conviction and confidence. Let us give diligence to diligence to make our calling and election sure.

 

A minister announced that the topic of his sermon next week would be about  Heaven.  He received a letter from an old man who was very ill. The letter, a beautiful expression of faith,  here is part of that letter

 

Next Sunday you are to talk about heaven! I am interested in that land because I have held a clear title to a bit of property there for 55 years. I did not buy it; it was given to me without price, but the donor purchased it at tremendous sacrifice to Himself. I am not holding it for speculation, since the title is not transferable. It is not a vacant lot, I have been sending material out of which the greatest builder of the universe has been preparing a mansion for me. “Termites can never undermine its foundations; they rest upon the Rock of Ages. Fire cannot destroy it, nor floods wash it away. No locks nor bolts will ever be placed upon its doors for no vicious person can enter that land. There is a valley of deep shadows between the place where I now live and that to which I will journey in a short time. I cannot reach My Home In That City Of God unless I pass through that valley, but I am not afraid, because the best friend that I ever had went through that valley long ago and drove away all gloom. He has stuck by me constantly since we first met 55 years ago, and I hold His promise in printed form, never to forsake me nor to leave me alone. He will be with me as I walk through the valley of the shadows; I shall not lose my way ... ever.  I hope to hear your sermon but I have no assurance that I will do so. My ticket to heaven has no date on it and no return coupon, no baggage permit. I may not be here while you are talking Sunday, but I do hope to meet you there someday.”

 

What assurance he had in God’s promise. There is a great need for assurance in our day and time.

 

How frequently do we hear statements of doubt and unbelief such as, “I am not really sure if I would go to heaven if I died right now.” And, “I would give anything in the world to really know I will be saved in eternity.” Etc.

 

We can have assurance. 1 John 2:3 reads,

3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.       

Furthermore, John says,

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 5:13

 

Additionally, not only can we know that we have been saved from our past and alien sins, but we can also know that we are heaven-bound.  Brother Gus Nichols once said to a ladies’ Bible class, “I know when I die I am going to heaven; however, I do not want to die.

 

When asked why he did not want to die, though he knew he would go to heaven, brother Nichols responded, “For I know when I die I will never be able to preach another gospel sermon!

Again what assurance!

 

Such is reminiscent of Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5:1-2

1For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

 

 

The grounds of our assurance is not our own meritorious goodness, but rather the grounds of our assurance consist of the justifying grace of God, the cleansing blood of Christ and the testimony of the word of God  -  John 5:11

11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

Heaven our home is pictured as a place of rest — Revelation 14:13

13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

 

How beautiful are the words of the poem entitled                              “Rest at the End of the Row”:

 

I wandered from the city with it’s noise and dusty streets,

And walked out in the country where the air was pure and sweet,

And as I looked around me  Twas in the early morn,

Across the hill I saw then  A farmer plowing corn.

 

It seemed that in an instant, The scene changed to long ago,

And I, a little child again,   was following the row,,

As I often did behind my dad,  we must hoe the corn “just so”

And if we did, dad always said:

 We can rest at the end of the row

 

I see it now, the same old field,  Dad sweating at the plow,,

We children following with our hoes,  with him to show us how.

And he always said “Now do it right and cut the weeds as you  go,”

And if we did what father said,

We could rest at the end of the row.

 

The years have flown we children grown and father is here no more.

But now I gaze on that field of corn like  we hoed in the days of yore

And compare this life To that field of corn  as we toil here below

For father has said if we do our work right

We shall rest at the end of the row

                          -author unknown

 

Our Home in the City of God will be a place where there will be no pain or affliction again —   In Revelation 21:4-5

4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

 

Brother Jack Exum wrote a beautiful essay entitled: “No Cripples There”,        I want to share this story from that —

 

When our son was but a wee lad of two he became a victim of polio. He was sentenced to braces, corsets, crutches, and a wheelchair. When polio struck he launched a counter attack of his own. He began to sing, and he has been singing every since. It was not so bad until he began to make up his own songs. He even composed his own tunes. One day, when he was about five, he was laying on the couch and he began to sing a new song; When I get to heaven, You know what I’m going to do?  I’m going to run up the stairs, Then run down the stairs.’  Then he paused and called out, “Dad, any cripple boys in heaven?” “Nope,” was my casual reassurance. It was then that I heard him sigh, “Boy, I wish I could hurry up and go there.”

 

Song “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be”

 

I trust you have enjoyed singing and meditating upon Heaven this morning....... In Revelation 21:27 there is a statement that should make each of us think......  

27and there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that maketh an abomination and a lie: but only they that are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

 Our names are written in the Lamb’s book when we become a Christian...  But there can be no promise of  entry into the city that lies four square , the beautiful city of God unless we have obeyed the requirements of our Savior as laid down in the great commission      Mark 16:15-16

 

We will not be permitted to walk the street of Gold,  We shall not partake of the “tree of life” whose fruit is for the healing of the nations   unless we order our lives according to the Will of God.

Do you live in hope of the eternal abode- the city of God?     

 

contact:

Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

email:  RonCope@chestnutmtchurchofchrist.com

phone:  (678)617-9658