Monday, August 9, 2010

Pulse #9 Beyond

Welcome fellow bloggers. In many ways I think this Pulse lesson could have been the final one. Why? In one word...Heaven! As much as we screw up worship here on earth with our own preferences, orders, liturgies, yada yada yada; worship in heaven is going to be...well...PERFECT!

I'm reminded of the intro to the original Star Trek. Not being a trekkie, I can't say that I remember the exact words. I do however remember that the general idea was that they were on a mission to continually be seeking what's out there. So, what is out there? The book of Revelation gives us a clear picture of what true worship is like in Heaven. What do you think it will be like? Will everyone look the same in our "new bodies"? Will we sound the same? Will we care? All I know is that in heaven, worship will be perfect, always, forever & exactly how God likes it.

So, in heaven, how does God like it? First things first, the focus of our attention will be on Him only! Let's look at Revelation 5:6:

"I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as though it had been slain."
The focus was on the lamb, not a worship leader. As the song states, "it's not about me", in heaven, it truly is not about me. I'm not saying that we shouldn't sing those songs while here on earth. On the contrary. We should always strive to be heavenly in our worship. However, our flawed bodies often get in the way down here. In heaven, once again...perfect.
Another thing we know about heavenly worship is that it's both loud & long. Let's check out verses 11-12:
"I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders...saying with a loud voice: 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!' "
WOW, 'nuf said!
Also, our expressions of worship will not be half-hearted or weak. They will in fact be extreme in many ways! Get this, the twenty four elders will "fall down" before him. Not only that, but they will "cast down" their crowns at His feet. The word is clear! The heavenly worship of our risen Savior will be EXTREME. Nothing will be held back. ALL FOCUS WILL BE ON HIM...& HIM ALONE! About those crowns that we will be casting down. How many of us spend our entire existence, here on earth, trying to acquire as many crowns as possible. Look, striving for personal excellence is not a bad thing, but when are we going to get it in our heads that it's all just temporary. One day, we will die! What then? Life does go on, & all that we've acquired will one day mean nothing...(silence).
So, that's it. Are you going to worship in the temporary, or will your eternally minded worship always be striving to touch a little bit of heaven? C'mon...don't hold back.

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