After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
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When Handel’s Messiah is performed at Christmas, some conductors will invite members of the audience to join the trained choir on stage to sing “the Hallelujah Chorus.” Those bold enough to accept the invitation discover the powerful effect of joining voices with scores of singers and musicians at a “professional” level. It’s one thing to sing alone in the shower or the car; it’s altogether different to join a throng who are lifting their voices in unified praise to God!
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That transition — from pew to stage — may suggest what it will be like to join the untold number of worshippers who will one day stand before the throne of the Lamb in heaven and worship Him. Imagine the thunderous sound of the voices! That is not to denigrate the worship we offer Him on earth. It is simply to say that life on earth is simply a foreshadowing, a foretaste, of what life in heaven will be like — and that certainly applies to worship.
So, “Come before His presence with singing” this Sunday (Psalm 100:2) — a warm-up for what is to come!
Nobody can call himself a Christian who does not worship Jesus.
John R. W. Stott
By David Jeremiah.