WHY ALL THE WORSHIP?
Rev. 7:15-16 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;”
There seems to be a desire in all humans to work in some capacity to accomplish spiritual goals. That is why so many people become ensnared in some system of works to accomplish the work of God on earth. On the other side of the coin are the super spiritual that do nothing, leaving everything up to the supposed sovereign plan of God. If you catch a glimpse of the activity of the saints in heaven, instantly you see two things. First of all the stress and the striving is over, they have come to a place of rest. At the same time, heaven appears to be a place of swirling activity. All of the inhabitants of heaven are caught up in heaven’s work, minus the drama. What is the main activity in heaven, actually it is the worship of our great God. Jonathan Edwards spoke often about heaven, here are some of his comments from his message, “Praise the Chief Employment of Heaven”.
“Perfection of happiness does not consist in idleness, but on the contrary, it very much consists in action. The angels are blessed spirits, and yet they are exceedingly active in serving God. They are as a flame of fire, which is the most active thing that we see in this world. God himself enjoys infinite happiness and perfect bliss, and yet he is not inactive, but is himself in his own nature a perfect act, and is continually at work in bringing to pass his own purposes and ends. That principle of holiness that is in its perfection in the saints in heaven, is a most active principle; so that though they enjoy perfect rest, yet they are a great deal more active than they were when in this world. In this world they were exceedingly dull, and heavy, and inactive, but now they are a flame of fire. The saints in heaven are not merely passive in their happiness. They do not merely enjoy God passively, but in an active manner. They are not only acted upon by God, but they mutually act towards him, and in this action and re-action consists the heavenly happiness.”
The book of Revelation gives us some interesting glimpses into the activity of heaven. In most of these pictures of heaven, worship is the main activity. Is it possible that we get a taste of the Christian life on earth by observing the activity in heaven? Absolutely. Actually, tue spirituality begins in our soul when the Holy Spirit makes His home in us. The Holy Spirit Himself is the very atmosphere of heaven. That is how we “live and move and have our being” in Him. When we pray “Let Your Kingdom come…” we are welcoming the very life of heaven into our “area”, what else can we do but worship? Finally we have some activity that we can perform. We can worship him like David, with our whole being. Our life can become like Mary’s alabaster box, broken and pouring the fragrance of worship on the feet of our Lord. When we enter into this lifestyle of worship, we are actually participating in all the action taking place in heaven today.