"Ooooo ooooo ohoohohoo"


 
"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
 
Revelation 21:1-5
 

I confess, part of the pleasure of doing a devotional on a daily basis is the hope I have that when you read the title you instantly begin asking yourself, "where is he going with this?" and then it perks your curiosity just enough to get you to read more. Now, if I were a good writer I'd leave you hanging until the last line or something but I am not that talented and I realize you don't have enough time most days so I try to let you in as quickly as possible so you understand the real reason for writing you in the first place and that being to encourage you in your journey of faith to take one step closer to Jesus!
 
So, what does  "Ooooo ooooo ohoohohoo" mean?  I really do hope you are asking? It’s the opening words to the hit song, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by the late Israel Kamakawiwo. If you have not heard him sing his version of the song its a must listen, especially when life has you down and you find yourself in need of some soothing words to ease your mind and comfort your heart. Each time I hear the song I am reminded of heaven and as I listen to it I find myself longing for heaven like one longs for home after being gone on an extended trip.
 
The song reminds me of the apostle Paul's words about heaven when he says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." Read the words for yourself and see if you can make the connection.
 
 
Ooooo oooooo ohoohohoo
Ooooo ohooohoo oooohoo
Ooooo ohoohooo oohoooo
Oohooo oohoooho ooooho
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
 
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can't I? i iiii
 
Well I see trees of green and
Red roses too,
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
 
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world
 
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, I...I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more
Than we'll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world (w)oohoorld
 
Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I? I hiii ?
 
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo (song ends)
 
 
Could you imagine heaven as you listened? Yes, loved one, there is a new day dawning and one day we will wake up where the clouds are far behind and troubles will really melt like lemon drops. I don't know about you but I can't wait for that day! What a day it will be! I think the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" must have been on the psalmist mind too in Psalm 139. I'll leave you with it today in hopes again that when you read it you begin to see for yourself that there really is a place "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and the words
 
Ooooo oooooo ohoohohoo
Ooooo ohooohoo oooohoo
Ooooo ohoohooo oohoooo
Oohooo oohoooho ooooho
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
 
begin to flow off your lips just as beautifully as they did off Israel Kamakawiwo's when he sang it to. Read Psalm 139 today and imagine the joy overflowing the Psalmists heart as he ponders the knowledge of God.
 
 
 
"O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me;  indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You. Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Psalms 139:1-24
 
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Michael Osthimer

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