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Revelation 4:8-11 - "Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ' Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come'. Whenever the creatures give glory, honour and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'"
Until recently, whenever I have had to lead worship in our Fellowship, I usually spent some time beforehand to prepare a list of songs I felt that may be appropriate for the service. I tended to call them the "Plans A, B, C." and so on. One Sunday morning, however, when I was just about to lead worship, our Pastor, who was leading the service, felt he needed to read a passage from the Bible. While he was doing so, the Lord really spoke to me, and said that what I had prepared was not right. Basically I had to throw the list away. But that was not the end of it because I felt that the Lord was beginning to stir things in my heart about worship and why we worship. About the fact that everyone in the congregation had an equal responsibility to worship, for we are all called to worship the Lord.
The passage from Revelation 4, with which we began, really captures what is going on in Heaven and what our worship is a part of, which is that we are joining the host of Heaven in worship and adoration to the Lord.
One of my favourite Christian authors is A.W. Tozer, because he happens to be one of the few people who really has made quite an impact upon my life through his writings. His books are well worth reading if you ever get a chance. In his book "Worship: The missing Jewel of the Evangelical Church" in the chapter 'Worship: The Normal Employment of Moral Beings', he says this:-
Why did Christ come? Why was He Conceived? Why was He born? Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now at the right hand of the Father? The answer to all these questions is, in order that He might make worshippers out of rebels; in order that He might restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we were first created. Now because we were created to worship, worship is the normal employment of moral beings."
I wish I had the time and space to quote some more of Tozer's writings on worship, for it is true to say that in the heart of man there is a desire to worship, whether it be material things or Spiritual. Where that worship is focused is really the issue, and our relationship with the Lord gives us that focus. To say that we have a calling to worship is not strictly true. A person who has a relationship with Jesus, that calling does not exist, because the desire is already there in the fact that we recognise the work that God has done in our lives, and that is sufficient calling enough. When you are leading worship and are calling your fellow congregation to worship, just remember those few verses from Revelation. Does the cry of our hearts resound with "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come" and "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power".
Our calling therefore is to be what God created us to be, true worshippers who worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
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