The Center of Worship

imagesKLD12P6GOne of the songs I’m working on for my upcoming EP release is entitled “Worthy.”  The idea for the song came from the various songs set out in the book of Revelation that the angels, saints, and other beings sing around the throne of God in heaven.  The words of those songs are combined in “Worthy” to make what I hope is a meaningful song of worship for us here on Earth.

I have recently been reading a book called “Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God,” by Bob Kauflin.  The chapter I just finished reading pointed out something that I had missed even while studying the “songs of Revelation” for my song “Worthy.”  What is the subject that is most stressed in these songs of worship in the great throne room?

I’ll give you some hints from the scripture:

In Rev. 5:9, they sing, “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (emphasis mine)

In Rev. 5:12, they sing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain…” (emphasis mine)

They could have focused on Christ’s love, His faithfulness, His goodness, His teaching, his miraculous resurrection – many different characteristics.  But they are squarely focused on one thing:  the cross.

Jim Eliff says, “One is taken aback by the emphasis upon the Cross in Revelation.  Heaven does not ‘get over’ the cross, as if there are better things to think about, heaven is not only Christ-centered, but cross-centered, and quite blaring about it.”

Why?  Why this overwhelming emphasis on the cross?  You would think in heaven we would be done talking about the bleak and horrific crucifixion of Jesus.  But that one particular time in all of history was the turning point.  Jesus’ death paid for our sins, gave us access to the Father, and granted us Christ’s righteousness and ultimately eternal life because of it.

When we worship God, whether we do it here on earth or later in heaven, we should be worshipping because of and through the cross of Jesus Christ.  Our worship in spirit and truth must be centered right there.  Any other worship is missing the mark.  As Paul said, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  (1 Corinthians 2:2)

“Jesus, keep me near the cross….”

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