True Worship is Wild and Classy

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Revelation 4 paints an amazing picture of worship in heaven. When I read it I picture an event that would make earth’s greatest theatrical performance or rock concert boring in comparison. The chapter begins with a vision of Gods throne room. John hears a voice like that of a trumpet: in other words a loud voice. He then enters the throne room and sees someone sitting on the throne who looks like jasper and ruby, encircled by a shiny rainbow. The throne is also surrounded by 24 elders dressed in white with golden crowns. Now here is where it gets wild. From the throne come flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Can you imagine going to church and hearing the worship band do that? 

There were seven lamps blazing in front of the throne, and a sea of glass clear a crystal. Closer to the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes. Each had a different face: One of a lion, one of an ox, one of a man, and one of a flying eagle. They each had six wings covered with eyes and they sing day and night. Whenever they give glory to God (which is day and night) the 24 elders fall down before God, lay their crowns at his feet, and worship him. This is some wild worship. It makes me wonder about those who are constantly arguing about how worship should be quiet, calm, and not too exciting. According to Revelation worship in heaven is anything but quiet and calm. It is an exciting event aesthetically, emotionally, intellectually, auditorily and spiritually.

However, it is also important to note that this worship scene is not a disorganized frenzy. While it is wild it is nevertheless classy. This is a lesson for those who say worship should have no restraints whatsoever. According to heaven worship is not equivalent to mayhem. It is wild yes. It is loud yes. It is spectacular yes. But it is not chaos and pandemonium. Let the world have its mosh pits, its bedlam, and its topsy-turvydom. This is perfectly fitting for the worship of all that carnality represents, but Gods worship is never so. For God truth triumphs over confusion, joy over anger, peace over violence, and love over indifference. Worship of God therefore reflects these virtues both in lyric and sound. It is wild, yet it is not cheap. The God of heaven is a classy God.

This is a lesson for all of us. We ought to be neither too conservative nor too liberal in worship. While we can be loud, expressive, passionate, and free during worship we must also remember that there is class in the presence of God. And while we can value the class that Gods presence inspires let us not forget that it is OK to be loud, expressive, passionate, and free as we worship our King.
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Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand (Psalm 95:1-7).

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