“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” Revelation 5:13
Forever and ever. Amen. The choir that is singing to the Lamb grows yet again! Every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. All creation singing praise to God the Father and the Lamb—the Son. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess. All creation. Imagine this moment! It is the moment right before the first seal is broken. In one way, it is anticipatory praise in that it is an eternal song—forever and ever. In this scene we get a glimpse of why corporate worship is so important. As more and more voices and hearts are added to the praise and worship the crescendo builds and builds to untold volume and yet contains crystal clear clarity and unity. It is as we come together and as we bring our individual voices and hearts of worship that have been proclaiming the worth of God nonstop during the week that we begin to see this imagined on earth. We encourage one another to stay focused on the One who is worthy. It reminds us that we are part of a whole—the family of God. The worship service on earth is a family reunion of sorts and it is a foretaste of the eternal choir we are part of on earth as we await the eternal presence. It is critical to maintain the unity for which Jesus prayed in John 17. Thanksgiving is the entry to worship, but prolonged attendance in the presence of God brings a depth of worship that draws a person into closeness with God and a desire to be close with and in unity with others who are drawn in as well. We will be part of this eternal song forever and ever. And the four living creatures said, “Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped. What does it look like for you to join in with others to praise God and to know him more? Today ponder how you may prepare your heart to be part of a worship experience with other believers tomorrow. As you come together how can the glimpse into the door of Heaven impact your worship here on earth?