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Heavenly Worship

by Rev. Larry Eddings on June 18, 2019
HEAVENLY WORSHIP
Rev. Larry Eddings
 
The Apostle John was given a vision of things that were happening - and are to happen, in heaven, including worship around God’s throne.  John saw that those who had been victorious over the beast [the devil], “Held harps given to them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.” 
“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They cried out with in a loud voice,
“Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
“All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.  They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying.”
“Amen!
Praise and glory
And wisdom and thanks and honor
And power and strength
Be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty
Just and true are your ways,
King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord,
And bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you
For your righteous acts have been
Revealed.”
Then John heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting
“Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God
For true and just are his judgments.
Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!”
[From Revelation 7, 15. 19]
 
What a worship service that must have been! And yet, there is no record in The Revelation about the heavenly hosts saying anything about how the worship went.  They simply sang and shouted before God and the Lamb [Jesus], acknowledging who they are and that they are worthy of all worship from every person from every nation under heaven.
 
On the morning of January 31, 2019, I awoke suddenly, hearing the words, “You people worship, worship!”  Now totally awake, I remember asking, “What?”  It was repeated, “You people worship, worship!”  “How is that?” I asked.  I heard, in my spirit, “Think about it.  Think about the various statements that you have heard made about worship services that you have attended or read about.”
 
I did start thinking about it, and the following is something of what I remember hearing or seeing on social media Facebook or Tweets or Blogs or at various worship services in various churches in various places in various countries.  I have been a part of some such conversations.
“Wasn’t that a great service today?”
“Boy, worship was powerful today?”
“Wasn’t that a fantastic time of worship?”
“The worship team was really good today, wasn’t it?”
“I really got a lot out of worship today.”
“We really had church today!”
“I wish we could have worship like that every week.”
“That worship service really spoke to me today.”
“Couldn’t you just feel the presence of the Lord today?”
“The Lord really showed up today, didn’t he!”
“Hope you’ll come and join us.  We have powerful worship services!”
 
It would be hard to imagine hearing the angels walk away from the throne of God and the Lamb, saying, “Wow!  Wasn’t that a great worship service? I hope we can have worship like that every week.  The angel choir was really on today!”
 
What is the focus of worship?  Is it that which makes us feel good or that which pleases God?  Does what we do glorify us, the worshippers, or God, the One worthy of all worship?  Perhaps we could learn from the heavenly hosts and join with them, focusing on God and the Lamb, singing
“Hallelujah!
Amen!
Come, let us worship and bow down
Let us kneel before the Lord, our God, our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture
The flock under his care!”
Psalm 95:6, 7

PRAYER: “Almighty God, may our worship bring joy to your heart as your Holy Spirit leads us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.  Our Lord Jesus has told us that these are the kind of worshipers that you seek.
Teach us how to worship like your heavenly hosts!  Amen.”

 
 
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