by Stephen Whitney

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True Worship (4 of 7)
Series: Heaven
Stephen Whitney
Revelation 4:6-11

Music has been called the universal language because it occurs in every culture as it stirs our emotions and lifts our hearts.

One of our priorities in heaven is that we will worship God. Our English word worship comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word worthship and over time became our current word worship. It means ''to attribute worth'' to something or someone. In Great Britain they use the title ''His Worship the Mayor'' to honor the leading citizen of their town. In the United States we have changed the phrase to ''His Honor the Mayor.''

To worship God is to ascribe to Him is supreme worth. Psalm 96:8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Worship is to acknowledge God is holy, just, true and sovereign.

We cannot worship God anyway we choose. There is a right way and a wrong way. When Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron the high priest offered unauthorized (KJB strange) fire on the altar, fire came out from the Lord and consumed them (Lev. 10:1-2).

God demands that we worship him with honor and respect not casually and anyway that we want to because he is Sovereign. Today worship has focused on the individual so that they feel good about themselves instead of honoring and glorifying God.

Some churches offer lottery tickets to get people to attend, while others offer free tattoos at the altar while the pastor preaches. Music is used to attract people so all different kinds of styles are used such as contemporary, country, jazz or rock. Some churches use a different style for each of their different services.

Oswald Sanders wrote, ''Music will have a prominent place in heaven even as it did in Israel's tabernacle. There were more than 288 musicians engaged in the services of Solomon's temple. The highest activity in heaven will be to ascribe to the triune God our spontaneous and unrestricted worship and adoration.'' HUMBLE CREATURES :6b-7 Around the throne - the ...

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