How Will We Worship God in Heaven?
What do you think worship means? Singing to God? Going to church? Some people have an idea that worshipping God is boring, something you have to do. They forget, or really aren’t sure, how awesome God is. They think of Heaven as a long church service. Ever think that way?
You’d probably wait all day to see your favorite celebrity if you knew that he or she was soon to appear at your local mall or bookstore. No one has to drag you there. You want to see that person! And when you see him, what do you say? Probably something like, “Wow, I’m so-o-o glad to meet you. This is the best day of my life!” You’d probably name something you appreciate about the person—his book, her tennis serve, the cool way he played the invading alien general in his last movie.
Even if you are nervous, no one has to tell you to say something nice to the celebrity you’ve met. In the same way, no one will have to tell you in Heaven, “Say something nice to God.” You’ll just naturally do it and want to do it and enjoy doing it. Worship simply means expressing your appreciation for God.
Some might wonder if all we’ll do in Heaven is worship God. Well, yes and no. No, because the Bible says we’ll be doing many other things—eating, working, relaxing, learning, etc. And yes, because all that we do will show our appreciation for God in an act of worship that will never end.
Worship involves more than singing and prayer. We’re commanded, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We know that God expects us to do many different things on Earth, such as work, rest, and spend time with our families. So if we are to be joyful, pray, and give thanks all the time, we must worship God even while doing other things. Same deal in Heaven.