Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side
 
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine
 
I can only imagine
 
[Chorus:]
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
 
I can only imagine
 
I can only imagine
When that day comes
When I find myself
Standing in the Son
 
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
 
I can only imagine

TID-bits

If you’ve ever walked through the house with a full cup of coffee, then you have a way to compare this song to real life.

We walk slowly, focusing on every step, watching which direction the liquid is sloshing.   We want to contain every drop.

This is a “walk slowly” kind of song. It is a song that makes us slow down to focus on every aspect of our heavenly home.   As we keep focusing on those steps toward heaven, we realize more and more that we want every drop of it that we can get.

As coffee drinkers will tell you, once you get past those first few hot sips that steam up your glasses, you start to see a little more clearly.   A Bible verse that goes along with that thought and this song is 1 Corinthians 13:12   - “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”   Each day of life can be another “sip” of heaven - another day that we’re getting closer to it, and another day that we see it a little more clearly.

Oh, and by the way, ask your coffee drinking listeners just how heavenly those first sips are, they’ll let you know.

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  • This (That) song asks:   “Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still?”
  • Maybe you can remember that lyric when you’re in church this weekend.
  • It’s because you’ll see people who move to the music, people who raise their hands, and people who remain still.
  • It’s all OK -   as long as you’re worshiping.
  • Since we’ll be hanging out in heaven with all of those people who have accepted Christ, maybe we should love them here and now - no matter how they worship.

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  • Tell your kids about Polaroid cameras.
  • About how your parents would take a picture with one, and you’d stand around waiting for the image to develop.
  • That’s what we’re doing right now when it comes to heaven.
  • Today is another day that we’re getting closer to it.
  • So think of this song as a “polaroid image” of that wonderful place.   Listen to it, and let the picture get a little clearer in your mind.

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  •  It’s a good exercise to try...
  •   ...wondering what heaven will be like.
  •   ...and I like the line in the song that says “will I sing hallelujah, or will I be able to speak at all.”
  •   Have you had many speechless moments in life?
  •   I can think of three off the top of my head.
  •   Seeing the Grand Canyon
  •   Seeing my baby born
  •   and seeing what my child did with marker on my furniture! :)
  •   (...sorry, that was a different kind of speechless)
  •   Anyway...I was just thinking that maybe speechless moments end up being reserved for God’s most splendid work.
  •   This (that) song kind of falls in that category...

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  •   Every time I have the TV on, I’m always flipping the channels to see what I might be missing.
  •   This song is for people like that.
  •   Because if you don’t know Jesus, you’re missing the best show on the other channel.

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  •   Think about this...God created our concept of beauty.
  •   Everything we see on earth that we think is beautiful, comes from God.
  •   So if He created our home with such incredible natural beauty
  •   Try to imagine what His home will be like...

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  •   Do you ever try to wonder how old you’ll be in heaven?
  •   I can tell you this, heaven is outside our whole concept of time.
  •   In heaven everybody is ageless,
  •   I’m comforted to know that every time I look in the mirror :)

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  •   Those who don’t know of heaven make us think that heaven is big fluffy clouds, maybe a greek column or two, and those of us who get there will be sitting around playing harps.
  •   Well, I know someone who plays the harp, and I’m sure that’s what she’ll be doing up there.
  •   And I know someone who loves to write, and I’m sure he’ll be doing that up there, too.
  • This (That) song talks about forever worshiping God.
  •   And we worship Him through the gifts He’s given us.
  •   (...Yes, there’s probably even a special place in heaven for accountants to crunch numbers that haven’t even been thought of yet).
  •   You’ll be doing what you love to do, what you’re designed to do, and worshiping God at the same time!

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  •   When Bart Millard from Mercy Me was only 18 he lost his father to cancer.
  •   Bart says this:   "I was always told that if he could choose, he would rather be in Heaven than here with me. As a Christian I believed that, but as an 18-year-old it was a little hard to swallow. So the questions in the song came from me asking God what was so great about Him that my dad would rather be there."

    Scripture References

    John 14:1-3

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

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    This is a good verse to let people know that our home here is temporary.   The writer is talking about Abraham here:

    Hebrews 11:9-10  

    By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.   For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

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    Matthew 26:64  

    “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about a friend or family member who’s in heaven, and what you think they’re doing right now, and about the hope you have to see them again.

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    Let the listeners know that heaven isn’t a boring place.   Talk about your favorite activity and let them know that that activity will be a billion times more wonderful there.

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    What’s your favorite drink?   Talk about a sweet fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day or if it’s winter, talk about the best hot chocolate you ever had.   Now, talk about how that watery and bland that will seem to the lemonade or cocoa in heaven.

One Response so far.

  1. I have this friend that doesn’t wear perfume, she wears a spice. I’m not sure what it is, but it smells like “home” to me. When I am around her I feel like I am home. It makes me wonder, when I am face to face with my father, will He smell like home? – Jayme

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