I went on a missions trip to Belize last week. The following is a reflection about worship from the beginning of the week.
I’m sitting here in the Belizean hotel getting ready for tomorrow morning. Prepping set lists. Praying. Contemplating. Worrying about the last minute details. Will the powerpoints all work out? How will the sound be?
It’s not like we haven’t done this before. We’ve practiced. Played at churches. We are about as ready as we can be to lead the congregation of the Eagles Nest Baptist Church in worship tomorrow morning as we have every been. Later in the afternoon we’ll play kids songs for the children at the orphanage. Still a little worried on how that’s going to go. But, hey, it’ll be fun right?
Time to back up. Set the details aside. Put the focus where it’s due. What we do tomorrow is not as important as who we do it for. Whether we’re in a church or an orphanage, in front of friends or strangers, in Belize or Canada, our purpose tomorrow is simple.
To kneel down before our Father.
To give Him the praise that He is due. Not because he needs it, but because we know it pleases Him. It is a joyous affair to worship our creator.
We will join with Canadians, Belizians, and everyone in between in offering a humble offering of praise to a King who is most worthy of it.
// revelation 4
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, 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, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”