Nina’s reference to a trumpet fanfare, actually two, heralding the Queen’s arrival, followed by her majesty’s entrance to an assembly of invited guests, brought an interesting insight from scripture which I’ll share later.
However, Nina went on to compare that event with the majesty of The King of Kings and asked how we think we will respond to being before The Almighty King of Kings. Immediately after Nina finished speaking, Viv Dawes ascended onto the stage to sing sublimely in adoration of Him as follows.:
Radiant Majesty divine
Seated on Your glorious throne
We worship, honour and adore Your perfect holiness.
Brilliant light shines with Your power
Burning flame, Your holy fire
Your Glory, Majesty And Holiness outshines the sun.
A rainbow halo surrounds You
Majesty shining in Glory
Eyes like flame, Face shines with brilliance
Feet as bronze, refined in a furnace.
Radiant Majesty sublime
Seated on Your glorious throne
The First and Last – Living One for ever and for evermore.
The inspiration for these words came to Mair Thorburn without any knowledge of what Nina had prepared months previously on the subject of God’s majesty. Radiant Majesty was completed on 6th September 2013 and is reproduced with Mair’s kind consent.
It’s marvellous how the Lord inspires people with similar messages. I agree with Mair’s opinion that it’s a bit like thousands of years ago when individuals separately heard and wrote the same words from the Lord and which were to become holy scripture.
The above song is best appreciated in accompaniment to the tune that was in her mind during inspiration: the introductory bars to Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for peace. Hit the play button and read, or sing, those words in time to the music.:
Pause for reflection
A couple of scriptural points are noteworthy in Nina’s comparison of the Queen’s entry with that of His Majesty. It wasn’t so much the fact that royal protocol requires respect and focussed personal attention upon Her Majesty, for everyone’s gaze turns to catch sight of and follow her, and all ears strain for every word, to make sure nothing gets missed. So too, ourselves in His exceptionally awesome presence.
No, it was more the remarks about a trumpet fanfare that gave food for thought over a couple of references in Paul’s letters. On the face of it they may seem unrelated, but not so. One is about the resurrection of the dead and the other is on Jesus Christ’s return. In concluding his eloquent explanation of believers’ victory over death, Paul writes to the early church in Corinth,
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Cor 15:50-52 per Bible Gateway)
In a letter to another Greek church (Salonika) he goes into finer detail given by Jesus about what’s to happen next:
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words. (1 Thess 4:15-18 per Bible Gateway)
My reader, be blessed as you contemplate these insights…and let the Lord bring more.