Today’s Bible reading
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” – Revelation 7:13-17
More thoughts for meditation
Twila Paris was born in Fort Worth, Texas, one of four children of Oren Paris II, the founder of Youth With A Mission ministries and Ecclesia College in Springdale Arkansas. Her mother is the songwriter Rachel Inez Paris. Although offered a full music scholarship to the University of Arkansas (UA) in nearby Fayetteville, Paris believed that she was called by God for ministry and attended YWAM discipleship training instead.
Her music reflects her passion and her evangelistic zeal. In today’s song she speaks to God the Father about his gift of love that was scorned. Then she erupts in love for Jesus and asks God to wash her in the blood of the Lamb. In the second verse she identifies with Jesus even more, seeing herself as a “lamb of God” led by the Good Shepherd. She is a lamb of God led by the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, just as the picture reveals in today’s passage.
Suggestions for action
The video usages a montage of snaps from, The Passion of the Christ (2004), which depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus – the highest grossing R-rated film ever in North America (and $611 million worldwide). The pictures may or may not help you get into the song. You might want to close your eyes and let Twila sing her version of the scripture to you. Find yourself in the conversation with God, in praise, in your own passion to die with Jesus, in the tenderness and promise of being led by the resurrected Lord – who is shown in the last clip.
If you lead us in worship, what does Twila Paris teach you?