Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
–1 Corinthians 10:31
Heaven will be a place of indescribable worship. Just think about a worship experience when you were moved to the very innermost parts of your being and you felt connected to God. Think about those great moments of worship and multiply it by a million. That is what Heaven is going to be like, because in Heaven we will actually see Jesus face-to-face. No experience will match that. In Revelation 5:11-12, John described the worship we will experience in Heaven: “I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.’” They praised with a loud voice.
On December 2, 2013, fans of the Seattle Seahawks set a world record as the loudest fans in the NFL. During a third down defensive stand against the New Orleans Saints, the Seahawks fans produced an ear-splitting 137.6 decibels. (The roar of a jet engine 100 feet away produces 140 decibels.) The Seahawks fans’ “praise” was so loud it triggered a minor earthquake! Now that is the kind of worship we are going to have in Heaven. Isaiah said, “The foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out [in worship]” (6:4). We are going to have loud, exuberant worship. Occasionally people say to me, “Pastor, why does everything have to be so loud in our worship services? Why can’t we have quiet moments of reflection?” Quiet moments of reflection are great for your personal worship with God, but in the Bible when God’s people get together, they are never quiet. Show me one time in the book of Revelation where they have quiet, reflective worship. No, it is a time of celebration and praise, and that is what it is going to be like in Heaven. It is going to be a time of large worship, with tens of millions of people worshipping.
We are going to participate in indescribable worship, but is that all we are going to do? Is Heaven going to be a time of unending worship? The answer to that question is yes and no. It depends on how you define worship. If you define worship as a formal time of God’s people getting together to praise God, then no, that is not all we are going to do in Heaven. But in the Bible worship is more than just formal times when we assemble together. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul said, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” There is a way of going through the day–conducting your work, sitting down for a meal, or relaxing–where God is always a part of your existence, and that is what worship is in the broader sense. Worship is the continual awareness of, gratitude toward, and submission to God in everything we do. And in that sense, we will worship God continually in Heaven just as we should be doing here on earth.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Who Will Be In Heaven?” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2016.
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