Have you ever wondered what heaven would be like? I remember being a kid and actually being depressed because of how boring it was going to be… “All we’re ever going to do is worship?! How does that sound like any fun!” Of course, as a ten year old I still thought everything revolved around me - so of course living forever just to bring Glory to someone else sounded so horrible!
But I’m curious how many of us have thought that same thing at one point or another about worship, that it’s just something we do because we have to… And it’s boring… When in all reality true worship is the exact opposite! God is fascinating beyond words that I could ever possibly hope to write down in this blog today - satisfying beyond anything you and I have ever, or will ever experience. True worship happens naturally when we see God for who He really is. It’s not something that we ‘have to do’ to satisfy our ‘egotistical, self absorbed deity.’ True worship is all about enjoying God!
John the Apostle in Revelation 1 has an encounter with Jesus. The Resurrected, Glorified Jesus shows up in the flesh and John’s records his response as this: “When I saw Him I fell at His feet as though dead...” (Rev 1:17) We see this pattern show up all throughout Scripture (see below for a Bible study on this) John saw Jesus and he couldn't help but fall on his face and worship. Jesus’ Glory and Presence was so intense and ‘weighty’ and fascinating that John fell at the Lord's feet like a dead man. WOW! The Bible says John was ‘terrified’ but don’t think this wasn’t the craziest most exciting moment of his entire life either.
John Piper says “God is most glorified when we’re most satisfied in Him.” Worship isn’t about reminding God who He is (He knows He’s awesome!), it’s more about reminding ourselves of who He is. When we meditate on His greatness, kindness, goodness, love, compassion, awesomeness, holiness - worship naturally happens as a response. As our vision of God gets clearer and clearer everything else naturally becomes increasingly unimpressive.
(Here’s a fun Bible study if you ever have time - Acts 9:1-9, Ezekiel 1:25-29, Daniel 8:17-19, Revelation 4-5 just to name a few! Pay close attention to how everybody responds to seeing God)