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True Worship and Music

One thing we may be certain of is that during the Millennium, our God and His Son will be worshipped.
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Recently, our ecclesia had a public event where members gave their personal testimonies. One relatively new member, a professional musician who learned the gospel later in life, shared how she feels the closest to God in times of musical worship. Her vision of eternity deeply involves a desire to remain in this experience indefinitely, giving glory to God and our Lord Jesus, with all the saints gathered around their throne. 

As I was listening, I couldn’t help thinking of Mary sitting at the feet of our Lord, in a posture of adoration and love, content to just be in his presence. This is the kind of heart our Father in Heaven desires, as His Son told the woman of Samaria: 

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23).1

Similarly, Paul expressed it: 

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. (Heb 12:28).

This way of communing with God is consistent with many other Scriptures, where the heart (feelings) and mind (thinking) are in perfect harmony. “I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” (1 Cor 14:15).

While worship certainly includes music, it is not exclusive to it.

Worship and music are often used interchangeably. Many modern churches even refer to their music ministry as “worship.” A short Bible study will reveal that while worship certainly includes music, it is not exclusive to it. But for the purposes of this article, when referring to worship, I am assuming the primary use is an expression of the posture of one’s heart and mind when music is played or sung. 

One thing we may be certain of is that during the Millennium, our God and His Son will be worshipped. Even during Jesus’ mortal days, when going to Jerusalem, 

The whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40).

In immortality, just imagine the response of the redeemed, given what they will have seen then. The mortal population will have no words of rebuke to say on that day when the King ascends his throne. Even now, “[Jesus] has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” (1 Pet 3:22).

He is now receiving the pleasure of the sweet incense of prayer. Psalm 16 speaks of his immortality, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psa 16:11).

As with the Earth’s creation, “When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy,” (Job 38:7), so it was at the creation of God’s only Son. For “when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ’Let all God’s angels worship him.’” (Heb 1:6). And what form or expression of worship did this take? Praise to God! 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14). 

The pleasure of both the giver and the receiver of this kind of joyful praise is, by extension, a picture of what eternity has in store for us when we “cannot die anymore, because [we] are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36). This same joy of praise desired by our sister, and experienced by the angels around the throne, is what all should anticipate, as we ascribe the same honor and praise to the One who saved us. 

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25). 

We can be sure that praise and worship are a feature of the eternal realm.

Angel Adoration for Eternity

As Bro. Peter Ribaudo used to share around the Schooley’s Mountain campfire, singing the songs of the Kingdom, “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). He would reflect that when we sing praise, we get a taste of what it will be like being born of the Spirit. Thankfully, the Scriptures paint us some beautiful pictures, both directly and by extension, often through the experience of the angelic host.

“Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!” (Psa 103:20). Worship is their natural response to doing His word and participating in advancing His will. We see this in praise of other immortal hosts, who seemingly never tire of this activity. The saints are here represented by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders:

Day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”… those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him who is seated on the throne… fall down before him… They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Rev 4:8-11). 

This immortal response to God’s creative power is an echo of the same creatures but styled seraphim in Isa 6: 

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa 6:1, 3). 

Of this vision, the Apostle John refers to the exalted Christ when he tells us, “Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.” (John 12:41). In this worshipful response, we can extend a picture of the praise culture we anticipate in eternity, just as we ought to do for him today.

In eternal life, there will be no end to our gratitude for redemption. Revelation stylizes more visions of this musical praise describing the redeemed: 

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you… for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” 
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!” (Rev 5:9-12). 

We may perhaps even expect to be singing the songs we crafted in this age, just as

They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!  Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Rev 15:3-4). 

Praise will be the response of the saints and angels together.

If this praise and worship will be given unto God and the Lamb, where might the nations gather, if not to the same place the angels come today, pouring their praises upon the King? It will be his throne room in the Temple, here on Earth. 

Many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob”… For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.(Mic 4:2).
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD… “You shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”
(Isa 60:5-6, 18).
No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (Rev 22:3-4).
You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. (Isa 30:29).
And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There. (Ezek 48:35).

My hope for this experience is so beautifully expressed by Hymn 296. 

“Oh! the rapturous, blissful story,
 spoken to Emmanuel’s praise,
and the strains so full of glory,
that immortal voices raise.
While our crowns of glory casting, at His feet, in rapture lost.
We, in anthems everlasting,
mingle with the ransomed host.
Hail, Emmanuel, great Deliv’rer!
Thou art worthy of all praise.” 

The question for us is, “Shall we be with Him in that Day? We make the answer now.” (Hymn 405). 

James DiLiberto,
Canterbury Ecclesia, VIC


  1. All Scriptural citations are taken from the English Standard Version, unless specifically noted.
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Before I start this article, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Kristin Atwood. I attend the Verdugo Hills Ecclesia in California and I am excited to be the new Music Section Editor. Throughout my life in the Truth, I have been involved with music in a variety of ways.
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