The first time I saw a video of a flash mob, I had two thoughts. One was that I would love to see one in person.
The other, and the reason I continue to enjoy them, is that they spark my imagination.
The Bible gives us our only genuine description of what heaven will be like. It won’t be cloud-walking harp players because what we do know is:
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
(1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV)
Beyond what we can comprehend.
But when I see flash mobs like the one above, I cannot help imagining that heaven might be a bit like that. Spontaneous worship – – perhaps when the Savior walks by – – that is full of joy, reverence and truth. That *is* what we were made for: “…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7 ESV
So maybe everyone around will always automatically join in. We are commanded to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” (Psalm 98:4 ESV) and “… be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Ephesians 5:18b-20 ESV
But God has certainly gifted particular people with musical talent. Scripture specifically identifies those who are gifted at music (1 Chronicles 15:22) and those who are able to play instruments. It stands to reason that those who are skilled in music might spend more time using those talents even in eternity than those who are not so blessed.
If that is the case, then often in glory there may be onlookers who listen and get joy out of the music just like those in the crowds in the flash mobs always have a look of wonder, amazement and indeed joy on their faces.
I don’t know for sure what words are being sung by the choir in this video, but I would not be at all surprised if the words of the redeemed in that glorious day might just be
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.
(Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Henry Van Dyke)