While my incentive to go is to hear the speakers and get practical tips for ministry, there is something very special in standing in a stadium with 20,000 other people singing praises to God.
Reference: v.9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Every second year I treat myself by attending the Hillsong Conference. Hillsong is a church in Sydney who run a conference in July to equip people in their various ministry areas. While my incentive to go is to hear the speakers and get practical tips for ministry, there is something very special in standing in a stadium with 20,000 other people singing praises to God. It’s like receiving an abundance of emotional, spiritual, and physical energy all at once. And as I look around at all the mixture of faces across the huge room, it’s such an encouragement to know that we are not alone in our faith. To see so many others declare their love for our God gives me strength to carry on.
Application: My experience at Hillsong sounds like a small scale version of the great multitude crying out to God in Revelation chapter 7. People from all nation, tribe and language proclaiming, “Salvation belongs to our God.” Now, we certainly don’t have 144,000 people in our church on Sunday, we don’t even have 20,000 people like at the conference. But do you know, whether we have 144,000 or even just 14 people, we can proclaim that ‘Salvation belongs to our God.’ It might be through singing but it may too be in what we say or how we act. Whether we are at a conference or in our homes; whether we are surrounded by thousands or just chatting with one other, we can proclaim God in our setting. It’s great to do it with many others but there is no number requirement set on our praise to God.
Prayer: Lord, whether we are amongst many or few, may we proclaim Your name. Amen.
When have you experienced a large worship setting? How did it make you feel?
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.