The Pavilion of Praise

“Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” (Psalm 33:1-3)

blue water fallThe Pavilion of Praise was draped with a beautiful royal-blue curtain; the deepest, richest blue I have ever seen. When Moses concluded, the curtain opened and there was a band. Not just any band, mind you; this was a “one of a kind” band that left us speechless.

King David was on the guitar, and his son, Solomon was playing keyboards. James and John, the sons of thunder, were also in the band. James played bass, and John was the lead singer. Obadiah was on the drums; and I must admit, he could really carry a beat.

The horn section consisted of Daniel and the three Hebrew Children — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego; man could they blow! Completing the band as back-up vocals were Mary and Martha, along with Mary Magdalene.

Before the curtain had completely opened they began to play and sing. John belted out his praise in perfect harmony with the Sisters. Daniel and Fiery Trio lifted up the horns of salvation and blew it out of the park!

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev 4:11)

And they sung a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:9-10)

And then we all cried with a loud voice, “Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!” And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever! Amen.” (Rev 7:10-12)

Then King David shouted, “Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise! For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 33:3, and 84:11)

And a great shout went up from the Pavilion of Praise.

Then John the Beloved, Jesus’ best friend and Apostle, stepped to the mike and said, “We were there with Him in the beginning. We walked with Him, talked with Him; we ate together and traveled the land together. We have touched with our hands and seen with our eyes the certainty of what we now bring to you.

“Jesus came, full of grace and truth. And of His fullness we all have now received – grace upon grace! There is no end to the power of His presence, nor to His faithfulness in making Himself known to us – right where we are! ”

Daniel said, “He was with me in the Lion’s Den!” and the Hebrew Children said, “And with us in the fiery furnace! His presence loosed us from our bonds and kept us from the flames!” Mary Magdalene said, “He was there for me when I needed Him most!” Obadiah shouted, “Glory to God!” and started pounding out a drum solo.

Then, all along the Corridor of Time (a huge walkway in the middle of Memorial Park) there assembled a multitude of men and women, boys and girls from every age of history – all singing the praises of Jesus.

There was Adam and Eve, Joseph and his brothers; there was Father Abraham, walking hand in hand with Isaac and Ishmael. We could see Joshua, Deborah, Naomi and Ruth. With them was Rahab, radiant in grace. We looked and saw, walking with them, Joshua, and Samson; there was Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Elijah the Prophet. Also in their company were the other Apostles, Mary and the faithful women; we saw Luke, and Mark, along with a great host of others.

All of them had their hands raised to heaven and were singing aloud the praises of the King! “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.” (Psalm 45:1-2)

It seemed in that moment as if Time and Space had been suspended and we all were lifted into another realm.

Just then something caught my eye off in the corner of Monument Park; something so “out of place” that I had to take a closer look to see what it was.

As I walked toward the strange sight, Solomon called out to me from the Pavilion and said, “The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.” (Pro 3:33-35)

I was about to see exactly what he meant.

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