The Homesick Arrive Home
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the
moving creature that hath life and fowl that may fly above
the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Read Genesis 1:20-25
Joseph Haydn was a composer who, near the end of his life, wrote The Creation,
based on Genesis 1. It is a masterpiece about which Haydn himself
said he could not have composed it without prayer. Due to its beautiful harmony
this piece of music has become widely known. It is a fitting composition
that musically interprets what God’s original creation must have been
like. So many fish, birds and other creatures sang God’s praise without disorder;
they sang to their Maker’s praise in perfect harmony and unison.
But this harmony has also been ruined by our sin. Ferocious animals, natural
disasters and epidemics among living creatures are all bitter fruits of
man’s fall into sin. Thankfully, the Lord has not left the world in chaos. He
sent His Son to this ruined and corrupt world to pay for man’s sin, that a
new creation might come in which harmony and peace will rule once more.
In Isaiah 11:6 we read that in the new creation the wolf will dwell with the
lamb and the leopard will lie down with the kid.
Through Christ’s sacrifice, Paradise will be renewed. Whoever believes in
Him will, for His sake, be given entrance to the new earth beneath the new
heaven. These people now experience an unusual form of homesickness.
Not only do they long to live perfectly, they also long for the fulfillment of
God’s promise to make a new earth and heaven. As a result, they no longer
feel at home in this sinful world.
Does this also resonate with you? Those who are homesick shall be brought
home. This is only true for Jesus sake. Amen!
Question: Did you know that composers such as Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn
and Brahms have written many more famous sacred works?
Psalter 31:7 (based on Psalm 17)
When I in righteousness at last Thy glorious face shall see,
When all the weary night is past, And I awake with Thee
To view the glories that abide, Then, then I shall be satisfied.