Revelation 4:10-11 “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Heaven will be pretty revealing when we arrive there.
Our minds can only comprehend so much. Those who have been there (John and Paul) could not find the words to accurately describe what they saw.
Here in the book of Revelation, John describes a scene to us. We know our Heavenly Father is deserving of all glory, honor, majesty, power, and worship. All will bow down to Him.
Romans 14:11 “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
For the believer, Heaven is desired, longed for, and anticipated. Paul, after having seen the glories of Heaven, longed to be there more than to stay.
Philippians 1:23-24 “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
My mind cannot wrap itself around what it must have been like for Jesus to leave the glories of His home in Heaven to be born in a manger. Then, to look to the cross and all the agony physically, mentally, and spiritually must have been daunting. Jesus revealed His heart about that struggle.
Matthew 26:38-39 “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
While here on this earth, Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well. It is here we learn Jesus’ definition of true worship.
John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Only those who are born-again children of God can worship. Jesus states, “…worship the Father in spirit and truth.” Salvation’s gift is not only forgiveness of sin. It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is the man being made complete.
At salvation, our spirit comes alive. Before that, it was dead. That spirit that comes alive is one of two things needed for true worship.
When the church comes together, it is a group of called-out believers; ones in whom their spirits have been made alive. The truth is God’s Word. Without these two, true worship cannot take place.
True worship can be personal as well.
When we get alone with God daily, we can worship Him one on one. Prayer and our conversation with God in prayer are a part of worship.
Music can be worship.
Some mistake the emotions that music evokes as worship. A driving beat or a sweet melody that moves our body or sweeps across our heartstrings is NOT worship.
Music has three essential components. Each must be in balance with the other for the truth to be delivered properly.
Melody, harmony, and rhythm must not overpower the other. Rhythm speaks to the body, harmony to the soul, and melody to the spirit.
There is a fourth element that many miss – the message or the truth.
This is whole complete teaching, and this author wishes not to take away from the original intent of this post. Music can be a component of worship if it is done on spirit and truth.
I have been a part of meetings as a member of a quartet designed to add to the service with the music we sing and the Spirit we bring. The truth of the songs we choose to sing has been used by God to elevate the people to hear the truth of God’s Word as it is preached.
Occasionally, the songs and their truth broke through so much that the Holy Spirit worked profoundly and thoroughly that the preaching was not used. We have come to “mind the Spirit” as we sing to do as He leads.
Personally, I have been pressed into prayer over something that wasn’t revealed until I had begun proper worship with the Father. Seeing God for who He truly opens our spirit for true worship.
Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
Some say that king Uzziah stood in the way for Isaiah to truly worship and see God truly.
True worship demands a clean vessel, a sanctified vessel, a submitted vessel. Revival happens when a group of people want God above all else and seek Him with their whole hearts.
When my wants and desires rise above what God has for me, true worship is quenched. We can justify anything to satisfy our conscience that God is okay with our mediocrity. We must choose to strike at the heart of what stands in the way of our worship.
Pride, selfishness, apathy, mediocrity, and sin are all enemies of true worship.
One day, I will see the four and twenty elders that John saw bowing down to worship. I do not need to wait till then to worship as God desires.
We can prepare and worship God in the quiet of our own homes.
We can be the element of change in our churches to come prepared to worship in spirit and truth. It is our choice.