John had a vision of heaven with God seated on his throne. In that vision, John saw a great multitude from every nation, standing before the throne and proclaiming praises to God. I imagine that praises were offered in different languages and dialects using different cultural expressions. “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah” (Psalm 67:4).
I love the click consonants of the Xhosa tribes in South Africa and the songs of many African countries, in joyous celebration to God. I find it amazing to listen to people from different cultures, expressing glory and praise to God in their own language. I often don’t understand what people are saying, but when I watch as they dance and sing for joy, with their hands raised in adoration to God; I can’t help but feel the weight of the anointing, coming from their unique sounds of praise.
I imagine that this is how God views it and he created this diversity, because he is the God of creation. I imagine that heaven will constitute a diverse blend of people. We will all sing in harmony to God and we will all understand each other’s sounds. God created sounds and within each cultural expression, lies the majesty of God. God created us all as one people and our geographical locations have created unique differences. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
Our differences are skin deep and based on social constructs, that have defined people into different categories. Within our fibre lies the DNA of God. God sees colour, culture, diversity and ethnicities and He says, this is good. He loves the sound of our different languages and cultural expressions. God’s desire is that we embrace our differences and combine these cultural expressions, to create a unique blend of diverse worship and praise to Him. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).