“O praise the name of the Lord our God. O praise His name forevermore. For endless days, we will sing Your praise. Oh Lord, oh Lord our God (Hillsong).
One of the ways that I sense God’s presence the most is through songs of worship. As I was singing this Hillsong worship chorus with my church body on Sunday, the words struck me.
I don’t know what heaven will be like, but the Bible makes it clear that we will be worshiping God unending! I believe the ways that we’ll worship in heaven may vary, but praising God through song will be one of them. We’ll be in his presence praising and rejoicing in him for what he did, for who he is, and for all that he is currently doing. As I was singing these words, “O praise His name forevermore,” in church, the thought hit me that when we worship corporately here on earth, we are joining in with the many believers who are singing praises to God while standing before him in his manifest glory. I was overwhelmed with joy as I thought of the day that I will be able to worship God fully with my loved ones and all other believers. But until then, God has given me the local church to live out this expression of worship.
when we worship corporately here on earth, we are joining in with the many believers who are singing praises to God while standing before him in his manifest glory
Corporate worship is such a special gift God has given us. When I am in church worshiping with other believers, it feels like the closest I will come to heaven here on earth. It’s a beautiful picture that when we worship together, we are in communion with all of believers, even those who are living out “forevermore.” So in worship on Sunday, I raised my hands in praise, thanking God for the beautiful taste of what worship in eternity will look like. And thanking Him for the sweet reminder of the great joy my loved ones are experiencing in heaven with our Lord.
So in worship on Sunday, I raised my hands in praise, thanking God for the beautiful taste of what worship in eternity will look like.
Here on earth, we have no idea what true and perfect worship looks like, but it brings me such great hope to know that one day I will be joining with the multitudes… in God’s presence… without any other distractions… doing the very thing that I long to do most in the purest way.