“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.”
1 Chronicles 16:31-36
I love this picture, this recognition that everything God has created praises Him! All the things He has created are most completely right, whole and beautiful when they come together to contribute their unique offering to the united symphony of worship.
As seekers of the kingdom and agents of reconciliation we live and work for the dream of things being made right, of the coming of God’s kingdom and the realization of the justice and wholeness it brings. When this happens the Bible tells us that all creation and all mankind will be united in worshipful intimacy with God for all eternity.
Here and now we work in the midst of brokenness and injustice with the hope of what we will one day see. However, we are called to stop and worship God now, and this touching of eternity that occurs as we enter into a space of worship gives us a foretaste and connection to the kingdom that will one day fully come. It is crucial that as activists and followers of Christ we place spaces and places of worship at the core of our rhythm of life – for they are the places that remind us that rightness is found in Him, and they are the spaces that refresh us in the hope, faith and love we need to continue on the journey!
Webster Dictionary 1828
'Worship: To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission’.
- Sam Hearn, SURRENDER Director