In the year 2000 I was called into a far greater desire to see the gospel in the nations of the world by a simple old worship song in a humble wooden structure of a church, my eye catching a teenage girl who looked like she had nothing, yet was caught up in a love song to Jesus. That worship experience birthed a surrendered heart within me.
Something is wrong if as a follower of Jesus you are in the middle of a room of worshippers and you are not joining in. If the music team (or whatever they are called) worship then the congregation joins in. Performance doesn’t birth worship, worship does.
As in heaven so on earth.
Those in white robes and palm branches, an uncountable multitude from the corners of the earth were declaring, ‘Salvation belongs to our God!’ Then see what happens next from all the living beings and creatures around the throne:
“All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:11-12)
Worship births worship in heaven and on earth.
It is not just songs, music or an atmosphere.
It is worship from brokenness. The living beings knew the story of the great multitude as they heard and watched them worship.
This was worship not from calling out for judgment (as in chapter 6) but praise for God’s salvation. It overwhelmed the angels, elders and creatures. They agreed, Amen!
They fall down and join the euphonious and harmonious worship of heaven which seems to stretch across the throne bouncing back and forth in glorious praise.
We probably know and John may have an idea but we are still to find out who exactly are the white-robed palm-waving choir?