When I am putting a worship set together I do my best to take many different things in consideration: Songs that will lead people into worship; what is the theme for the day; what songs work well together to affirm an attribute of God that we are singing about. Then there are weeks that songs all come together and the connection point hits me on Sunday morning first service as we are in the midst of the set!
I have been reading the book “Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven…Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline” by Rory Noland. The book is broken into two parts one that talks about the personal discipline of worship and then the corporate discipline of worship. He used the book of Revelation and what John saw to give us insight on what worship will look like in heaven. Noland makes these points:
Worship in heaven will be loud. Revelation 5:11-12 “Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angles, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice…” Revelation 11:15 “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying…” Revelation 19:1 “After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heave, crying out…” Heaven is not going to be a quiet experience all the time, the styles will vary, the language will not necessary all be English.
Noland also talked about repetition as well siting Revelation 4:8 “Day and night they never cease to say ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” So this morning as we are singing the set I am looking at all the songs and how they work together and I catching a glimpse of what John was talking about in Revelation!
As we finished singing “Famous One” at the beginning of the service, Pastor Mike challenged us to think of someone in our lives that needs Jesus! God, began to weave in my mind the major connection throughout this morning that worship experience in Heaven and the need to share my faith with others. Life is incredible being a follower of Jesus Christ! Why wouldn’t I want to share that? Who am I sharing that with? The sobering reality of this morning for me was that fact, a fact I sang about as a child: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…Hide it under a bushel NO! I’m gonna let it shine!” Do my friends who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ see a difference in my life? The glimpse of heaven this morning…am I going to hide that from those in my life who do not know HIM?
What a beautiful morning together as a church family!