This has been a good week for me, even though I have been weakened by some sort of bug that has kept me chained to the cabin. I am currently at Pine Springs Youth Camp which sits at about 9000 feet in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. I have been serving as the worship leader and food server (when it was safe for me to do so).
Our evening worship services have been punctuated by heavy thunderstorms. At points it was so loud it was hard to hear the evening speaker even through the sound system. It has led to a different outlook on corporate worship for all of us. It's hard to sing Awesome God while the thunder rolls all around you and not be moved.
The second night of worship, Monday evening, I wanted to focus on the holiness of God. We talked about the four living creatures of the book of Revelation and how they continually chanted "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." We spent several minutes chanting this phrase as a group, and we repeated it after every song. I went to bed that night with the sound of 150+ youth chanting the holiness of God ringing through my head.
As the week has continued, I have been amazed at how often this theme has repeated itself in the songs we have sung. It's like God is using the weather and the recurring theme of His holiness to drive home the point to these kids. At least he has to me.
As I sit here preparing for tonight's service, the sun is shining across the pines from one side of camp, while the other end is covered in heavy clouds with flashes of lightning and roils of thunder. And tonight we are singing Keri Jobe's Revelation Song.
I get it, God.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.