E100: 098 | All Encompassing Worship

"Today’s reading in revelation chapter 4 to chapter 7 verse 17 describes both the great and terrible things that are to come. Only the Lion of Judah, is worthy of opening the scroll. Christ is in the midst of the throne and takes the scroll from the Father. As he does, worship breaks out among the millions of angels. Christ then opens the first six seals, sending God’s judgments upon the earth." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Revelation 4:1-7:17; | (ESV)

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (Revelation 4:11-13)

... After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out 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!" (Revelation 7:9-12)
In his book Heaven Randy C. Alcorn points out that Heaven will be a place of "all-encompassing worship". Here are some extend quotes from the book.
Most people know that we'll worship God in Heaven. But they don't grasp how thrilling that will be. Multitudes of God's people -of every nation, tribe, people, and language -will gather to sing praise to God for his greatness, wisdom, power, grace, and mighty work of redemption.

... Will we always be engaged in worship? Yes and no. If we have a narrow view of worship, the answer is no. But if we have a broad view of worship, the answer is yes.

... Scripture depicts people standing, walking, traveling in and out of the city, and gathering at feasts. When doing these things, we won't be on our faces before Christ. Nevertheless, all that we do will be an act of worship. We'll enjoy full and unbroken fellowship with Christ. At times this will crescendo into greater heights of praise as we assemble with the multitudes who are also worshiping him.

Worship involves more than singing and prayer. I often worship God while reading a book, riding a bike, or taking a walk. I'm worshiping him now as I write. Yet too often I'm distracted and fail to acknowledge God along the way. In Heaven, God will always be first in my thinking.

... Have you ever spent a day or several hours when you sensed the presence of God as you hiked, worked, gardened, drove, read, or did the dishes? Those are foretastes of Heaven -not because we are doing nothing but worshiping, but because we are worshiping God as we do everything else."
Bob Dylan may have said it best in one of his songs on his album from 1979, Slow Train Coming. His song called Gotta Serve Somebody reminds us that we all are going to serve somebody or something. Human beings were designed and created to worship. It is in our DNA. On earth today every person worships someone or something. It may be money. It may be knowledge. It may be ourselves or another person. It may be the Lord. The issue is not if we worship - but what we worship.

As my relationship grows with God I can relate to this all-encompassing worship. Worship is penetrating more and more of my life. The more I get these glimpses of Heaven in my worship while driving the car, or spending time with my family, or with others on Sunday, the more I desire to be in Heaven before the throne of God.

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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