worship on earth like you can’t in heaven

9 12 2009

One of the things I don’t hear is that you can’t worship in heaven* like you can on earth.

I was  listening to a teaching series by Dave Roberson on worship, in which he told a story. It got me thinking, “What is so special about worship on earth?”

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

In the future we will know as we are fully known. Taking this verse with all the description of worship we see in Revelation, we have a glimpse as to what our reaction will be when seeing the glory of God.

Next, we should consider John 16:33 when Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation.” It’s easy to be happy when things are going right.

It’s easy to worship God when it seems like He’s making life good, but when life isn’t good and we choose to worship God it shows something different.

On earth there will be times when we ask, “Where is God? If He’s so powerful why did He let such and such happen?”

Yet to believe God is all He says He is, to believe His plan and ways are beyond us when it hurts to live in this world is something that we cannot do in heaven.

When we worship out of that context, we have a chance to touch God in a different way then we will ever be able to do again.

Worshiping through all the difficulties that come as a result of living in this fallen world is a gift we can only give to God while living in this age.

*Technically we won’t be in heaven. I’m not sure why this became our way of saying we have eternal life. If we paid more attention to the book of Revelation then we would realize that a new Jerusalem would be on the new earth. Therefore, we actually will live on earth, a new one of course. For ease of communication, though, I’ll just call it heaven.