Rev. 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
What a contrast the world and its songs are to those of the redeemed of the Lord. You can tell a lot about someone by the things that make them sing. What are you singing about today? The world’s songs are often sad songs. They may be singing of love that went wrong, injustices they have experienced from other people, or even the songs of protest that were so popular back in the 1960’s. For Christians, we have come to sing a new song. Our lives have been touched deeply and God’s love and joy have filled our hearts. The foundation of all of our songs are the joy of the Lord. How can you sing a sad song when you have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. That’s why, for me, joy is a huge litmus test when it comes to worship. If it is not happy then it can’t be worship. Here is a glimpse of the contrast to the world and the joyful sounds of heaven.
“This world is a valley of tears, a world filled with sighs and groans. One is groaning under some bodily pain, another is mourning and lamenting over a dear departed friend; another is crying out by reason of the arm of the oppressor. But in heaven there is no mixture of such sounds as these; there is nothing to be heard amongst them but the sweet and glorious melody of God’s praises. There is an holy cheerfulness to be seen throughout that blessed society. They shall never have any thing more to do with sighing and crying; but their eternal work henceforward shall be praise. This should make us long for heaven, where they spend their time so joyfully and gloriously. The saints especially have reason to be earnestly breathing after that happy state, where they may in so joyful a manner praise God.”
For Christians we can experience sadness when we relate to the world’s problems and enter into a time of intercession. A word of warning, intercession is not worship, it is intercession. In order to stay healthy and full of the Spirit your song needs to be saturated with worship, this is where we see clearly and help drag others out of the bog of depression in the world.