The last song is over … the performer exits the stage and thinks they are finished … but the audience is not through.
They remain standing, ‘ovating’ and whistling, strongly announcing their desire to hear more. And they get an ‘encore’ which simply means again, or some more. One of the longest encores in modern history was a Bruce Springsteen concert at the MetLife Stadium in Jersey. It lasted more than four hours and finished after midnight!
I, too, have applauded the Artist and asked for more.
- After every spectacular sunset I witness there arises in me high praise for its Creator and I ask for more. And I continue getting more and more breathtaking vistas throughout each year.
- After every surprising blessing in my life there is an automatic outburst of spontaneous praise, asking for and wishing for more. And there have been encores too numerous to count.
- When God’s mercy has covered a lack, has overwritten a poor narrative in my life, has looked beyond behavior and celebrated my heart and intentions, I have breathed a sigh of relief and hoped to continue receiving mercy … and found it each new morning. (… his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;” Lamentations 3:22,23 ESV)
- When every new song God sings over me is acclaimed the ‘best I’ve ever heard’ He authors a brand new one that threatens to take my breath away!
God is a God of ‘encores.’ He’s a Father who never stops giving and surprising. He keeps the concert of blessing going on and on in our lives, even eclipsing a ‘midnight hour’ we may be going through.
He gives and blesses and refreshes and astonishes and we keep him on the stage of our lives through great praise and our never-ending thanksgiving.
“The LORD your God is among you; He is mighty to save. He will rejoice
over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice
over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 Berean Study Bible
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