This is the tenth and last devotion that I am sharing with you concerning the book, “The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship,” by Matt Redman. I hope it blesses you and I also hope that this series of devotions have broadened your understanding of worship.
The Unending Worshipper…knows where he or she is going, ultimately, and looks forward to the eternal, everlasting, continuous presence of God. This worshipper also knows, really, that being in His presence will not be like anything that they have experienced here on earth. Contrary to what some claim that will occur in heaven, like fluffing clouds and being in charge of the celestial golf course, the Unending Worshipper will participate in perfect praise to the One who has bought their very soul.
The Unending Worshipper will know as they have been known (1 Cor. 13:12), they will stand before the Lord, as the Levites of old, and serve Him and bless His name (Deuteronomy 10:8) and all this will have no time constraint of an hour service or the limit of fleshly adoration. THIS WORSHIP WILL NEVER CEASE! (Please see Revelation 4-5)
Although this worshipper knows a part of what is to come, he or she can only imagine the grandeur and majesty of that eternity. This compels them to practice wholeheartedly now, what they can only envisage it will be like then. The Unending Worshipper knows the tension of then and now and longs for the “then” as they exercise the “now” the best they can in the power of God. Paul understood this when he said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” The Unending Worshipper realizes he or she is not wasting time now, because then is so much better. He or she can experience the fullness that Christ has for them, even now, as they practice for even then.
Perhaps the writer of “Amazing Grace” has captured this clearer than most when he states,
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining like the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.
O God, may we all have kingdom eyes that see beyond this plane to the time when our faith becomes sight, our hope realized and our praise of Your beautiful name will endure forever and ever. In the eternal and glorious name of Christ. Amen