Worship has often been misunderstood in our culture today. It is less about an event, and more about the way of life. Worship is the giving of ourselves to someone or something that we deem to be worthy and sacrificing for that person or thing. We tend to worship many things in our life: sports, people, jobs, sex, food, drink, technology, and many other things. When we see anything other than the Lord God of the Bible as worthy of sacrificing for, we are considered idolaters. Truly, our worship should be only for God!
Unfortunately, worship in our society is often associated with an event as opposed to a lifestyle. It is everything that we do that establishes who or what we worship, not just an event. We cannot live worshipping ourselves all week long and then show up at church on Sunday and turn on the switch to worship God. As if raising our hands when the music begins changes all of the idolatry we have been living all week. It just can't happen. But when we worship God all week and then meet together with others who are worshipping the Lord, it can prove to be an amazing experience.
When I think of this sort of setting, my mind almost always goes to one account in the Bible. It takes place in the nation of Israel as Solomon is their king. He had just completed building the great temple that would be the house of the Lord. Here is what happens as is recorded in 2 Chronicles:
"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, 'He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,' then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God." (2 Chronicles 5:11-14)
I would have loved to have been at that event. This is one of those times that I really hope God has recorded so we can watch in heaven. I would like to watch the expression of people as the glory of the Lord filled the temple. I would love to watch the faces of the priests as they could not stand to minister. They were overwhelmed. I think it just might defined as the Ultimate Worship Experience. In some ways, I think this is a bit of what it is going to be like when we finally get to heaven. We will become so overwhelmed with the glory of God that we will not know what to do but to fall down in worship. I can't wait until that day!
Matt Redman has written a song about this event that I have always loved. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy listening to this song.