Once in a while, God gives us a glimpse of heaven, and it brings such joy and wonders each time. I truly believe that when we congregate together and worship, it is not only a display of God’s marvelous glory but a glimpse of what heaven will be like: when we will be so overwhelmed in the joy of meeting God that we will altogether be praising and singing to Him.
This last Friday, August 10, at a prayer worship organized by the youth ministry in preparation for their upcoming trip to the 180 Conference in Calgary – we learned from brother Ryle’s message that God gives us Power through Worship. Yes, we were desperate for God’s presence and power to take over!
The youth in our church never fails to inspire me when they worship God. I’ve learned from them how to be personal in my worship with Him, to worship with every part of myself; my mind, my body, and my spirit. That night, I witnessed the church’s future generation of leaders falling deeper and deeper in love with Jesus as they worshiped Him, as they allowed Him to take over, break them down, build them up again, and unify them together as if it were one voice coming from all of us there in that room – just as Apostle John described the angels’ song sounding like one loud voice in Revelations. (Rev 5:11-14)
When we worship, God is doing invisible yet powerful things. We get refreshed, we’re renewed, we realize our awe of Him – like how we feel every time we look into a night sky full of stars and feel so small yet significant at the same time, like how we feel every time we see a rainbow across the horizon and remember how His promises always stand. Overwhelmed by grace – that’s how I feel every time I enter the presence of the Lord through worship, as I enter into the presence of the almighty, omnipotent, everlasting Creator of everything.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
– Tina Ma