What struck me however was that when the camera scanned through the crowd everyone was singing along to the songs, crying out and raising their hands up to the stage.
Reference: v.1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: I was never really in to popular music growing up as a kid. My best mate kept me up to date with all the artists I should know about but the most interest I could muster was knowing a few songs from U2’s Joshua Tree album. In my teenage years I listened to a bit of jazz and got into The Beatles a little (and this was in the 90s, not when they were popular to teenagers in the 60s). I realised that my music selection was not that popular when I would hear my Dad, working outside my bedroom, singing along to the songs I was listening to! My main experience of music was mainly surrounded by church music and worship. A few years ago I was watching a live DVD recording of one of Robbie Williams’ concerts. The crowd was absolutely massive and totally mesmerized by the performer on the stage. What struck me however was that when the camera scanned through the crowd everyone was singing along to the songs, crying out to Robbie and raising their hands up to the stage. I suddenly thought, if you turned off the sound and didn’t show the performer on the stage, this would look pretty similar to a worship conference where people are singing praise to their Saviour and Lord. We often feel self-conscious when we express ourselves in worship but thousands of people are expressing themselves even more to mere people at rock concerts.
Application: We all worship something. For some it may be an artist, for others it’s their career or money or their partner. If you want to know what someone truly worships then you just need to look at each person’s schedule and you will be able to see what they worship. Whatever people spend a great deal of their money on, resources toward and conversation talking about, that is probably pretty close to the thing that they worship. We need to decide what it is we want to truly worship. Do we want to spend all our time and resources on something that is fallible? Or are we going to join with the multitude in heaven and dedicate our lives to proclaiming a ‘Hallelujah!’ to our Lord and Saviour.
Prayer: Lord, there is no one like You. May we spend our lives, not looking for other things to fulfil our lives, but focusing all our worship upon You. Amen.
If someone was to look at your life, who/what would they think that you worshipped?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.