I just finished reading a book called ‘Waking Up in Heaven’. It is true-story of one woman’s near death experience and her account of what she saw in heaven. It was an interesting read and what struck a chord in my spirit, in my soul, was her first-hand glimpse of worship and praise in the hereafter.
We become infused by God and every fiber of our soul wants to endlessly …praise and worship Him. The author shared that heavenly praise is driven by an immense love for God. We willing desire to love, worship and praise God with a new found sense unlike any sense we have on earth.
Heaven introduces us to new senses, the author shares that we aren’t limited to just five senses; we experience countless senses not known to us on earth. Imagine not just sensing light, but tasting it; touching and feeling it.
I remember reading another account of a near death experience where the individual mentioned there were colors in heaven never before seen on earth. In heaven, our senses are intertwined with God; we view our surroundings in an entirely new way. Those countless new senses elevate our worship to a level of sheer ecstasy. All I can say is WOW!
Our worship and praise toward God should be a natural response from the heart. When you read the narratives by those who have visited heaven, it is clear praising, worshipping and glorifying God is 24/7. We have an intense, driving desire to give thanks and worship the Most High.
Worship in the heavenlies is different. There are no interruptions, frantic busyness, texting, to-do lists or fighting kids to overshadow alone time with God. Our worship isn’t just contrived lip-service. But does that excuse us from worshipping from the heart? I believe the answer is NO.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
“‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind…” (Luke 10:27)
God Word requires us to give thanks at all times and in all circumstances. We are to love, praise and worship Him with all our soul and strength. I’m fairly certain when scripture mentions “all circumstances” it means just that.
Exposure to near death experiences by others causes my spirit to cry out, “Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). It brings a desire to surrender my heart in total worship, gratitude and love for my Lord. Not just when it’s convenient or fits my schedule, but at all times.