Heaven

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Imagine you were swept away from the struggles of life and found yourself in a vast multitude surrounding God’s throne.  You look through an emerald rainbow at the One seated there, who appears solid and translucent simultaneously.  You are startled yet spellbound by the rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning emanating from the throne, all adding to the majesty of the One seated there.  Suddenly, you notice 24 elders dressed in shimmering white with golden crowns sitting on 24 thrones before the larger throne.

And then, you hear it.  It’s the sound of never-ending praise coming from four worship leaders like you’ve never seen before.  They cry out, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming!”  This causes the 24 elders to fall down and worship the One on the throne.

Immediately, you find yourself doing the same.

Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord God, the Almighty One!

(For further study, see Revelation 4)

The Best Worship Style

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Almost everyone has an opinion about worship style.  Interestingly enough, most people do not refer to (or even care about) biblical worship, but comment more about music style, sermon methodology, tradition (or the absence thereof), and permissible clergy (and laity) clothing.

When Isaiah saw the Lord in Isaiah 6, he experienced the greatness of God, realized the extent of his own sinfulness, and witnessed his sin being atoned for.  However, the end result of his worship experience was Isaiah saying, “Here am I, send me.”  God wants our ultimate worship.  He formed us after Himself so we could experience His presence and accomplish His purposes.  When we realize who He is and all He has done for us, our only reasonable response to Him is worship.

Full surrendered worship of all that we are for all that He is.  That is the best worship style.

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God; this is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1

Thine

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I was seven years old.  As I sat in the hard pew, I held tight to the crinkled hymnal that seemed huge in my small hands.  And as the congregation stood to sing, I read these words for the first time:

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me;  But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee.*

I’m older now and I don’t often think of those lyrics, but the meaning is still true.  If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.  If we seek after Him with all of our heart, He will do everything He can to have strong relationship with us.

Think about it.

If God has already allowed His Son to die for us, why wouldn’t He embrace us when we reach out to Him?

He wants our worship.  He desires our friendship.  He wants us to draw near to Him.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  James 4:8a

*Fanny Crosby, I Am Thine, O Lord

 

 

Now

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Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.  John 13:1 NIV

If you knew that you only had a short time to live, wouldn’t you show your family and friends the full extent of your love?  Wouldn’t you say the words that you’ve needed to say for years?  Wouldn’t you forgive that friend or family member who hurt you?  Wouldn’t you share stories and advice with your children and relatives?

Why wait until you only have a short time to live?  Why not do those things now?