Recently during a very powerful time of praise and worship to God, His life-changing presence was very tangible. No one could deny that He was in the room that day...no one. We were not physically in Heaven, but certainly a measure of Heaven came to us. In the midst of it He spoke something very clearly to me. He said, "You are hearing the sound of Heaven." I began to ponder this as we all continued to worship and the presence of His Spirit became stronger. "I am hearing the sound of Heaven" I thought. "What does this mean?" Then it began to come to me!
I was reminded of the thunder. Before the storm arrives and before we even see the lightning, we hear the thunder. When we hear the thunder...we know the storm is not only approaching, but it will come. Before a train arrives, we hear the blast of the horn and the rumble of the big diesel engines. And even though we know the train is approaching, it is even more certain to us that the train will arrive. Why? Because we're hearing the sounds of the train.
The sounds I just described establish the genuineness of the sources producing the sounds. In other words, we know the storm is real because we hear the thunder. And we know the train is real because we hear the horn and the rumble of the engines. There could be no denying the genuineness of Heaven in our gathering recently. Why? Because the room was filled with the sound of Heaven! I heard it! I helped to make the sounds! (Excuse me while I ride out a few chill bumps!) What were the sounds of Heaven? The voices of people glorifying God with an intensity that was growing. You could say there is something "heavenly" about the sound of people audibly worshiping God. Of course you can! Those are genuine sounds of heaven! The book of Revelation tells us that even now, the heavenly host surround His glorious throne night and day and give praise, worship, glory, honor, and power to the Lamb who sits on the throne. When they do, the 24 elders cast their crowns of authority at His feet and fall on their faces before Him. Obviously this is heavenly worship and I'm sure sounds incredible! But very recently I too heard the sound of heaven, because we too were casting our crowns of pride and our own personal authority before Him, falling on our faces as we offered to Him that same adoration.
God said to me, "It is the sound of heaven that draws the lost souls to Me. As the worship goes up, My glory comes down, and the reality of Heaven is revealed to the world." I can't wait to gather again with God's people to make and hear the sounds of heaven!