“Far Kingdom” by The Gray Havens is one of those songs that fills me with longing for the eternal kingdom, the celestial city, whose designer and builder is God. With richly biblical images the song resonates within my soul at a frequency of deep gladness, illumining the prospects of the new heavens and earth. Take a listen.
Verse1: There is a far kingdom/A ways from here/Beyond the storm and the sea/There will be no need of darkness/And none for tears/When that far kingdom I see
Chorus: There’s a river we will know/Ever clear and ever full/From the fount that overflows/In the light of the King/And when we drink it we will find/That this joy, ever full, will ever rise/And it’ll rise on, in the kingdom/In the kingdom
Verse2: There is a far kingdom/On the other side of the glass/And by a faint light we see/Still there is more gladness/Longing for the sight/Than to behold or be filled, by anything
Bridge: There is a far, far kingdom/There at the end of the sea/Where they know my name/And until that far, far kingdom/Calls me home/Oh, my soul, I will wait