Worship: Warming Up For Heaven

Read Revelation 4

“Holy, holy, holy,
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.”
(Revelation 4:8)

Thoughts… When you read John’s awesome, breathtaking description of God upon his throne, it only makes sense that the continual activity of heaven is the worship of the Almighty. What else can the angels, elders and all living creatures do except to fall before the Creator and worship?

That, too, is what you and I will do when we get there. One second in God’s presence and we will be overcome with worship. Our eyes, our minds, our mouths, our hearts, our bodies—every fiber of our beings—will be completely and irrevocably undone when we finally gaze upon him who loves us more than we can comprehend, and infinitely more than we deserve, and we, like the other occupants of heaven, will fall before the throne and join the chorus singing,

“Holy, holy, holy,
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.”

That day is coming—sooner that you think. Finally, freely and fully, you will be able to express your love and devotion to God without earthly limitations. Until then, you have opportunity to worship God in the community of the saints as you gather to praise him in church. When you lift your voice in song, you are practicing what you will be doing one day in heaven.

So lose yourself in the wonder of worship now. You are only engaging in the activity of heaven. If you are bored with worship now; if don’t like the style of worship now; if you see worship as the warm up act for the sermon now—then you are not going to enjoy heaven all that much.

The next time you have opportunity to worship, imagine yourself before the throne of God with all of the redeemed—and cut loose with your praise. The details of the worship service do not matter—the song selection, the style of music, the worship leader, the skill of the musicians. Worship is not for you anyway; it is for God.

So express yourself as best you know how and give all the glory and praise to God. Make it your aim to bring a smile to your Heavenly Father’s face.

You are going to do that some day in heaven. Why not perfect your worship in the here and now!

Prayer… Father God, you are worthy of praise. All glory and honor belong to you. You are holy, and you alone deserve my worship.

One More Thing
… “The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” —C.S. Lewis

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