I have been considering events where worship is released in unique and amazing ways, the kind that merited a record in the Bible, where someone considered what happened worthy of writing about it. Here's the rub... much of what is ultimate worship the inspired writers of scripture cataloged doesn't look ANYTHING like what will happen in most of the churches in the USA tomorrow.
Since there will come a day when we will all gather on the glassy sea, in worship with a lot of falling down, casting of crowns and Glori's singing, perhaps we should consider ramping up what we call worship to look more like what will ultimately take place when we get there. It looks like in the Book of Revelation when we are truly worshiping in Spirit and in Truth it will contain:
- A lot about VICTORY over Satan
- A great Roar
- A Storm from Heaven
- A Glassy Sea with FIRE all around
- A Mighty Chorus
- New Songs being sung
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
8 And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song with these words:
and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 And you have caused them to become
a Kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will reign[d] on the earth.”
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.”
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
and from the Lamb!”
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
forever and ever! Amen.”
and he will reign forever and ever.”
the one who is and who always was,
for now you have assumed your great power
and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were filled with wrath,
but now the time of your wrath has come.
It is time to judge the dead
and reward your servants the prophets,
as well as your holy people,
and all who fear your name,
from the least to the greatest.
It is time to destroy
all who have caused destruction on the earth.”
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.
12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens!
And you who live in the heavens, rejoice!
But terror will come on the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you in great anger,
knowing that he has little time.”
2 I saw before me what seemed to be a glass sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the beast and his statue and the number representing his name. They were all holding harps that God had given them. 3 And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations.[a]
4 Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.
2 His judgments are true and just.
He has punished the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality.
He has avenged the murder of his servants.”
The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”
all his servants,
all who fear him,
from the least to the greatest.”
For the Lord our God,[b] the Almighty, reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.