Group worship can be an incredible rush. There are few things more satisfying and joyful than singing out to the LORD on a Sunday morning along with a couple hundred of my brothers and sisters—people I love, whose lives I’ve seen transformed by the grace of God. There are also those amazingly powerful times when the larger church gets together and I find myself singing God’s praises alongside thousands in a packed arena. But as mind blowing and spirit-lifting as those experiences are, they are nothing compared to what happens in heaven:
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus.
(Revelation 5:11-12a, NLT)
Thousands and millions! Wow! And that’s not all:
And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang.
(Revelation 5:13a, NLT)
Every creature! Unfathomable! I can’t even imagine how astoundingly, amazingly, earth shatteringly awesome that would be—that will be—to sing along with billions of our brothers and sisters, not to mention every creature! I can’t imagine it, but I sure do look forward to it.
In the meantime, I’ll cherish the tiny glimpses of heaven we get whenever we get together and worship our great God. And I’ll rejoice in the knowledge that we sing the very words John heard those multitudes in heaven singing:
Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.”
(Revelation 5:12b, NLT)
Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.
(Revelation 5:13b, NLT)