As the plane landed at Bardufoss yesterday, Tim Hughes song Here I am to worship was in my head. The words of the chorus are:
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You’re my King.
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.
I normally associated the ‘here I am’ bit of it with simply being in God’s presence where ever I am, but I realized they could also mean ‘here I am in a particular geographic location to worship and proclaim that Christ is King’.
Within a couple of hours of arriving, I had my first opportunity to play for worship – I experienced here I am to worship!. Every Friday there is an international Bible study at Finnsnes church, led by deacon Kjellrun Skoglund. At the end they asked me to play What a friend we have in Jesus and Amazing grace. It was truely international worship as Norwegians, Eritreans (!), and English sang praise to the God who loves all nations – it reminds me again of the vision of worship in heaven described by John, in Revelation 7:
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
What a privilege to serve the Lord and His people in music!
Then it was back to earth with a bump and a light hearted introduction to parish politics, as I was asked if I thought it was OK for the band playing at Saturday’s Internasjonal kulturkafe, to move the communion table to make space for their drum kit. Something are the same the world over.
Acts 17 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
If there is a riot I’ll let you know.