Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.
Worship is an eternal reality.
Right now in Heaven, around God’s throne, worship is taking place.
In fact, everywhere God is acknowledged, God is worshipped. How can we come to a realization that there is a God, and that God is good, and that God loves us, and not offer Him our worship?
Our hearts aren’t the only part of who we are that gets involved in the act of worship. Worship would be empty without the engagement of our mind.
When Jesus had a discussion with the woman at the well in John 4, He told her, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
When we worship, whether it’s in a private moment of devotion, or crowded gathering of believers, we must engage both our hearts and minds in worship. God wants us to offer Him the fullness of who we are; both our emotion and our intellect.
Emotional worship without the boundaries of doctrine is a “strange fire.”
Intellectual worship without the engagement of our heartfelt, passionate gratitude for what God has done for us through Christ is lifeless.
The worship John sees, and records in Revelation 4, is both intellectual and impassioned. The living creatures who sing at the throne of God know exactly who God is: He is Holy. Their song has been sung in the church down through the ages. Even before the church, Isaiah heard the creatures around the throne of God declaring the holiness of God in the Old Testament. God has always been Holy, he is Holy, and He will always be Holy.
His Holiness ignites the passion of our hearts to be connected to Him.
I hope you look forward to worship on the Lord’s Day each week. I trust that you are spending meaningful time with God every day of the week. As we approach the throne of God, know that God wants the entirety of who we are to be redeemed in the presence of His holiness.
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Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”