May 11, 2016 by ZZ Ramirez
Worship: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
I’ve often wondered what it would be like when Jesus returns. The blast of the final trumpet, the sound of the heavens being rent in two, and the great shout of victory; a pledge of allegiance to our Great King! What it would look like to see Him leading captivity in triumphal procession and with every step, His authority, His Kingdom being released over the all the earth.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1)
Many of the Psalms in the Bible are prefaced with “To the Chief Musician.” Today, this would be the worship leader, in Hebrew, “Lamenatzeach”. This is a very interesting word, because its root, netzach, meaning forever or eternity, provides insight into the eternal significance of worship in the life of a Believer.
Webster’s defines worship in a couple of ways:
1. the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god: the act of worshipping God or a god
2. extravagant or excessive admiration for someone of esteem.
What a mind blowing definition!! It is the only way to respond rightly to a king. Worship. To bow down and excessively adore him, FOREVER. This scenario is in play, even now. All of heaven is in constant worship of Jesus. Singing the truth of His glory, power, humility and majesty. It’s the same thing that we do as worship leaders each and every time we get on the platform to lead a congregation in worship. BJ Pridham wrote, “When we lead people into praise and worship, we are bringing people into an environment of the Kingdom. This Scripture tells us that God abides (sits on) our praise. A praise and worship leader ushers people into “Heaven on Earth.”
It isn’t just about the 30-45 minutes before the sermon, but about seeing the Kingdom of Heaven come, when we worship! In actuality, it is a means of connecting with the eternal realm in a way that brings victory! There is a tremendous joy that overwhelms me as I think of the divine partnership God has initiated with us. We are his representatives, living out the Lord’s prayer with every worship service. If this is the reality we are called upon to demonstrate, then we must be acquainted with heaven.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
Heaven on Earth is what the Lord has been longing for since the days of Eden. God has longed for unhindered fellowship with man. The sin of man separated us from God. Jesus came and broke the reign of sin over man, and we are anointed to establish the reign of Heaven on the Earth now, through prayer and worship.
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