Upside Down Worlds – Part 8: Worship

WORSHIP

I have always been moved by the lyrics of The Newsboys’ song, “He Reigns.” It’s been an honor to travel to some of the global spots they refer to in this song. Check out the anthem that they sing…

It’s the song of the redeemed Rising from the African plain It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain The song of Asian believers Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation A love song born of a grateful choir

It’s all God’s children singing Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns

Let it rise about the four winds Caught up in the heavenly sound Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals To the faithful gathered underground Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples None rings truer than this And all the powers of darkness Tremble at what they’ve just heard ‘Cause all the powers of darkness Can’t drown out a single word

When all God’s children sing out Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns All God’s people singing Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns

Never before have I heard any song so beautiful as those across the Kenyan plains and hills. Though I don’t know how to pronounce a lot of the words they sang, I can sing along with them in my heart because I know they are songs of gratitude to our Savior for all that He has done.

I remember sitting in the middle of the first church that was built on our trip just circumspectly witnessing the beauty of worship. Were there instruments or elaborate sound systems? No. It was just pure worship overflowing from the hearts of so many grateful souls, including my own- even though I couldn’t sing along. What a glimpse of glory.
As I stood in the safari van across the Masai Mara a few days later, listening to my IPOD mix about Africa, including selections from the Lion King (hey- it was one of the most awesome musical moments of my life!) and The Newsboys’, “He Reigns,” my soul sang loudly to the Lord, joining in with the Asian believers, the towers of cathedrals, the song of the forgiven drowning out the Amazon rain, and of course with the redeemed all across the African plains that yes… HE REIGNS!

Me listening to my Africa Mix on Safari…
It’s the sound of the redeemed all accross the African Plains…
 
Yep. He Reigns.
 

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