«Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever» (Psalm 136: I).
WHILE WE WERE TRAVELING through South America, my husband and I discovered a little church on a floating island made of a plant called bulrush or cattail. This was on the famous Lake Titicaca, in the area of the high plains of the Andes. It is lovely to be able to see how members in the different places of the world have their own indigenous ways of worshiping the same God I worship. I would love to listen one day to how our fellow church members worship in distant places in Africa, or for example, the Inuit and so many other cultures that are different from mine.
When we get to heaven, we will meet people from all cardinal points on the map, from all those cultures that we will never get to know in our passage through this life. All the nations will gather together as one single body, singing the glorious song of Moses and the Lamb. It will be a wonderful and moving scene that will make our hearts delight with happiness and holy praise to the Eternal.
However, while that moment is not yet here, the churches that love Jesus here on this earth are characterized by praising Him with jubilation. They sing with understanding; they believe and worship with sincerity. %ere are churches, for example, like the Vibora Church in Havana, Cuba, where, when the members open their mouths to praise God, you feel something supernatural, as if thousands of angels accompany them in their fervor and enthusiasm. What beauty and what a special moment! Not to mention other churches, such as the ones in Guatemala or Mexico, where, with guitars, panpipes, and other instruments, they praise with such happiness that the angels of heaven must want to come down to join them. In short, there are thousands of churches in this world whose worshipers praise God in spirit and in truth just as the Bible tells us we should worship Him (John 4:24).
Worshipers who praise the Lord in spirit and in truth are those who sing from the heart and not from simple habit or routine; they are those who come to their church thirsty and needy, acknowledging the magnificence and power of God, and thus praise Him with humility; they are those who live each word they sing, who feel all that they say to the Father when they praise Him, who fill their lungs energetically to express their gratitude to the Lord with great resonance.