“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3).
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Psalm 95:6).
The following thoughts come from a video series by Dr. David Jeremiah entitled, “Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven.” His message, “Worship in Heaven,” included four points which are extremely practical and relevant to us today. I have included them here for all those who haven’t heard the message or would like to hear them again!
1. Worship Is Not About Us — It’s About Him!
This is easy to forget — God is the center of our worship. It’s amazing how many people in churches never get their attention centered on God because they don’t like the hymns, the music, the style of worship, the personality of the worship leader, the color of the choir robes or hymn books, and a hundred other things. As a result, they make worship all about them instead of about God.
When you go into a worship service with the conscious intent to praise and worship God for who He is and what He has done, you will have blinders on that keep you from seeing all the “stuff” you don’t like. Worship isn’t about those things. It’s about God.
2. Worship Is Not About Here — It’s About There!
For God, worship exalts and extols His majesty. But for us, worship gets our minds off the things of this earth and onto the realities in heaven. The only way we can live our life on earth with the values and priorities of heaven is to continually focus on heaven. If all we ever see with our spiritual eyes are the carnal and worldly affairs of this life, we will struggle. But if we are continually reminded of God’s character, His purposes and plans, and His love for us, then we walk through this world with a different gait. Colossians 3:1-3 reminds us to seek and set our minds on things above. We are citizens of heaven, and that is to be the focus of our eyes and ears and the desire of our heart.
3. Worship Is Not About Now — It’s About Then!
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 that we are to look not “at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Paul is encouraging the Corinthians (and us) to leverage everything going on in their lives against the promise of the future. The contrasts he draws in these verses are powerful: The outward man is perishing, but the inward man is being renewed. The affliction of today is light, but the weight of future glory is heavy. The things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Worship is the corridor through which we exchange the things of this world — affliction, suffering, limitations — for the reality of heaven.
4. Worship Is Not About One — It’s About Many!
We live in a day when people don’t believe they need to worship in church with the body of Christ. People claim they can worship in nature or on the golf course on Sunday morning. In the book of Revelation, what we see in heaven is corporate worship. Christianity is not an individual experience. Yes, we are saved individually, but immediately we are baptized into the body of Christ where we remain for eternity. I cannot encourage you enough to make sure that you learn to do on earth what you will be doing for eternity in heaven: Worship with the many that God has redeemed for Himself.
Because we don’t know the day or hour when we will be promoted to heaven, I encourage you to make every day a full dress rehearsal for the worship that will characterize your eternal life.
– Study Guide, Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven, by Dr. David Jeremiah, pp.78-79