The Endless Song
So I will sing praise to Your name forever.
Someone just paid a million and a half dollars for a ruined violin that can’t be played. Its value isn’t in its musical quality but in its history, for it was played the last time in April 1912 by a doomed musician named Wallace Hartley aboard the Titanic. Hartley and his fellow musicians reportedly played “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the vessel slipped beneath the icy North Atlantic. Hartley’s body was recovered ten days later with his violin strapped to him.
God’s children never know when we’ll sing our last song on earth; but we know that because of Christ, we’ll be part of an endless choir in the heavens. The palmist said, “I will sing praise to Your name forever.”
Since heaven is a literal place, and since we’ll have resurrection bodies, we’ll all be capable of singing and rejoicing and praising. It’s not that heaven is merely a never-ending church service. The New Heavens and New Earth are literal places with never-ceasing meaningful activities. And praise will be a rich part of that activity.
Our joy there will be unending and unsinkable.
I want to be fluent in heaven’s language. I want to become an expert at praise.
Ruth Graham, in In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart