Why I Cried Watching YouTube

My pastor emailed me this video clip today of a "random act of culture" that occurred in a Philadelphia Macy's store a couple of weeks ago.  It brought me to tears.  Literally.  First the video, then I'll explain the tears...

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_RHnQ-jgU?wmode=transparent]

Now why cry over that?  Maybe because I'm a bit tired today (a 3 year old waking you up for "brexfixt" at 4:30am and then barfing on you at 5:45am has a tendency to do that).  But really I was struck by a crowd, no, a city singing "He shall reign forever and ever."  Think of it.  A city together singing of the rightful reign and rule of God the Father through His Son, Jesus.

It's one thing for a city to sing it, it's quite another for a city to believe and live it.  And that is why I started crying.  These words are true, the Lord God Omnipotent does reign.  But I long to see "the kingdom of this world become the Kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ."  I long to see my life, and this world fully transformed and submitting joyfully to the reign and rule of Jesus in all things.  I long for sin, Satan and death to be destroyed forever and for peace to abound and joy to increase because Jesus reigns forever and ever.  I cried because I heard in song a vision of Jesus' sovereign reign over all things, and I long to see it happen!  I long to see the lost repent and turn to Jesus and find their hope and joy in Him alone. 

That's why I cried.  I want to see the Kingdom of God.  Until that day, "the gospel must be proclaimed to all nations" (Mark 13:10)  And so we go and joyfully proclaim "Hallelujah, The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth."