When we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are then united with Christ Himself and thus “gathered under one name,” the name of Jesus. These united Christians form the body of Christ, the Church. The Church is designed to encourage one another, to worship the Triune God, and to grow together in knowledge of and love for God.
Throughout Scripture the sea and water is used as a symbol of great power and destruction. That being said, it is strange that the song likens the gathered church as a “sea of voices” and an “ocean of…praise.” The sea is a powerful force that is unstoppable by human power alone. Likewise, the Church of Jesus Christ is designed to be an unstoppable force that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Church, like the sea, is meant to flow throughout the place it is confined to – the Church is not confined to any building, town, city, state, country, or continent – the Church is then free to expand into every corner of the earth.
Our gathering (or the Church) has found its anthem, its message, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Good News of Jesus is the news that the entire world needs to know. This song is urging Christians to “sing the glories of our Lord, God Almighty” with our entire lives. All of heaven is constantly singing God’s praise from eternity past through all of eternity. All of the earth is praising our Creator. We, as God’s children, are joining “with all heaven…and all earth” in the song of “the Savior’s praise.”
This true worship cannot stay confined to the church building. True passion for God cannot be contained inside a person. Authentic worship cannot be stifled.
Now before moving on with your day (which is so easy to do) quiet your heart for a moment, take a deep breath, and use the prayer below to ask God to be your true desire.
“God, be my passion. God, be the One I cannot get enough of. God, be the One I can’t stop praising. The world can look so appealing – give me a desire for You that no one and no thing can quench.”