Excerpt from This Beloved Road: A Journey of Revelation and Worship
“The Lord is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
Exodus 15:2, AMP
Do you ever look around and get discouraged, thinking nothing lasts forever? Garbage litters most every corner—garbage that was once something of value and worth. Money is spent in unimaginable amounts every minute for items that will soon be left behind, rusted, rotten, and forgotten.
I remember a special day when the Spirit opened my eyes to see something that does last forever. As I sat on our couch and spoke out words of praise and love toward the Lord, I saw each word come from my mouth in a solid, physical form, each word an object flowing from my lips. Then, instead of dissipating into thin air, these words rose up higher and higher, until they entered into the heavens above. There, among the black skies of the universe, traveling in the company of stars, galaxies, and planets, were the words that had only recently left my mouth. They joined millions of other words, circling the universe for all ages.
The Spirit spoke to me that our words of praise, thanksgiving, and worship are not such that they are here one moment and gone the next. We may not hear them after they fade from our lips, but in reality, they never end. Every word of praise we have ever spoken is still being spoken again and again for all of eternity to the glory of God. Every song describing the beauty and love of our King is still reverberating throughout the universe.
I often thought of this vision and the picture it paints, but I had not anticipated experiencing it to yet a deeper degree many years later. I had been leading a worship ministry called Forgiven Worship for three and a half years when the team traveled to Living Waters Ranch in the mountains near Challis, Idaho, to record our second CD, Unstoppable Love. After two days of work, we took a night together to concentrate just on exalting God, worshiping with no strings attached and no requests made. We wanted only for our Lord to know and receive our love and devotion.
After several hours, we lingered, not wanting to leave this place of rest and beauty. Several wandered back to their rooms while a few of us stayed to record a few more tracks. At one point I went into the restroom and turned on the fan. After only a few seconds I heard what I thought was the team worshiping loudly in the room outside. It immediately struck me as odd. We were only recording drum tracks, and being one a.m., all other instruments had been put away as everyone wound down in our need to rest. But the music rising over the sound of the fan was unmistakable. I hurried to finish and opened the door to find a completely silent room. At that moment, I knew I had just experienced the reality of the vision I had seen years before. I had heard our praises from hours prior, still praising as they circled the universe, still exalting our God for all of eternity.
Yes, most things in this world do not last. “Here today and gone tomorrow” is an accepted cliché. Yet, one thing will never decay, never depreciate, never wear out, or cease. The praises of our lips are precious treasures to our King, which keep giving unto him for all time.