My family has been to a few Christian concerts. As much as we enjoy the talent on stage, the best part is being in a crowd assembled to lift up the name of Jesus. For example, at one concert, the band had the whole crowd singing the refrain, “Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain. Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain,” a chorus very similar to the throne room praises recorded in Revelation.
But even in those powerful moments, there are distractions. Every concert we’ve attended has had aspects that are more about entertainment than worship. And it is impossible for me to not think at all about myself and just focus on God. Yet God still blesses me — so how much better is it going to be when I am part of a multitude singing praises to the Lamb in heaven, where no one will be distracted with performance and no one will be worried about appearances but all of us will be in a perfect position for worship? What will that experience be like?
I don’t know, but I want to find out. How about you?
“Then a voice came from the throne, saying: ‘Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!’ Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.'” Revelation 19:5-8a
Your Turn: When have you experienced the power of group worship?