One of the reasons I still listen to conference is for the music. These are the songs I came to love as I grew up in the church. I am, by no means, a singer but I do try to sing parts to some of the songs. Music has a way to calm the soul and deflect the cares and tribulations of the world. Songs can evoke emotion which, I believe, is a method of communication with heaven, perhaps represented by the harps of God.

As my spiritual world shifted, my appreciation for songs and lyrics also began to broaden. I, recently, came across a song that has touched my spirit and buoyed my soul. It is called “Glory and Honor” written by Keith Lancaster, and is found, among other places, on the album Heaven and Earth by Acappella. If you haven’t heard the song, take a moment to listen.

Here are the words:

When I’m there with You in heaven

What a wondrous joy will be

Gathered with the angel chorus

Standing by the glassy sea

Such a thought is hard to fathom

In the presence of my King

And with countless ones forgiven

Gathered round the throne to sing

 

Chorus:

Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb)

Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb)

 

Mortal words cannot express it

All the ways You reign supreme

Even death can’t hold the vastness

Nor approach this awesome theme

You are God and to Your glory

We will worship and abide

In Your presence there forever

We’ll be happy to reside

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Ooh… (worthy is the Lamb)

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb), worthy is the Lamb

The reference, of course, comes from Revelations, chapter 15. Here is the quote from the King James Bible:

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Some of us may have a different interpretation of the ‘glassy sea’ reverenced in the song, as section 130 of the Doctrine and Covenants illuminates.

The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth.

They reside in the presence of God, on a glove like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.

The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim.

This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto a crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ’s.

While there is much that can be discussed on this topic, my point is the song carries a deeper understanding of the need for us to overcome the beast in our lives and the  preparations needed to live on the flaming glassy sea, in the presence of the Lord.

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