Have you ever noticed that in a wedding ceremony, despite how wonderfully decorated the church is; how large the bridal party; how beautiful the mini bride; even how good the groom looks, when the bride starts to walk up the aisle with her long, elegant, white dress and veil to match, all activity ceases? The congregation stands to welcome her and in that moment of splendor, the bride, her bouquet, her trail and the tears in her eyes are all etched in the memory of her onlookers.
For most women, this is the closest we’ll ever come to being worshipped, unless of course one is the queen of England or the princess of Wales or some great celebrity. Point is, it’s not often that people stand in awe of our presence. There must be some surrounding circumstances to prompt people to react this way. I guess national heroes, like world record holder, Brian Lara in Trinidad, or Michael Jordan in the U.S. may have also experienced similar moments of great adoration.
Many young men and women decorate their walls with posters of their favorite movies stars and other celebrities for whom they have the greatest respect and actually stand in awe. If given the chance to meet face to face with these personal heroes, I’m sure that they would actually bow themselves and kiss their heroes’ feet or make some extreme show of adoration.
It is this act of bowing down; this show of intense devotion; this demonstration of reverence that is referred to as worship and it is here that we would now, learn to worship- not man, but- God.
Imagine with me, for a moment, that you are called upon to serve in a meeting of all the great kings of the earth- past and present. You arrive for duty just in time to take your place with the other ushers at the door. Your job- like theirs- is to show each king to his respective throne. You take a brief moment to soak in the ambience of the room. Never before have you seen so many colors strewn so wonderfully about in one place but you cannot stop to wallow now. You’ll have time enough when this is over to appreciate such splendour.
The first king arrives- David on his golden carriage drawn by fine white horses. King Solomon follows in hot pursuit hoping to catch up with his father, King David. The only time they ever see each other, now, is in these yearly meetings. You hasten to their sides eager to point them to the seats, which are all arranged in a complete circle. Above each king’s head an inscription in gold tells his name and period of reign.
Before too long, you are engulfed in an outrageous display of wealth and honor. There is a great jamboree of purple robes and golden crowns, royal blues and dazzling reds. Silver and gold, crystals and pearls are more than the eye can take in all at once.
You turn to make your final bow. Your work here is done! And now pretty ladies in can-can frocks come to serve the ancient kings and stately men in black and white to serve the modern ones.
Then, it all happens before your eyes! What you always knew can happen! That in these meetings, one day, can appear a king far greater than the ones yet seated and when he appears no one would be able to stand before his face.
Your steps are frozen as in the distance you hear approaching, a sound like thunder and before each billow of its roll, a light appears as magical and frightening as the lightening in the sky.
“What could he be driving?” you wonder, but not out loud, for you stop to realize that there’s a hush. The horses stop their neighing, the limousine drivers kill their engines and the feathered fans of the old kings’ maidens fall at their feet. Eyes are turned and faces all cock like dogs’ ears listening for the rain.
“Why didn’t someone tell me that he was coming?” you begin to ask. But you know well the answer to that question. No one knows the time of his coming, and so you feel afraid. You are unprepared to meet him. You have no throne set for him to sit and you do not even know his name.
Wouldn’t that be something if you were placed in that position? What would you do to redeem yourself as you stand frozen in your place and see him approaching? His eyes like diamond bore your soul and his visage like a large red emblem floods the room with its beauty. He does not walk nor is he driven but with ghostly motion rides the wind. His long, ivory robe just seems to glide.
“I am not worthy to be here!” You turn to run but to your surprise, every king of every age has left his throne and with careless tossing of the hand has cast his crown from off his head. In one gesture and with one accord, they all bow their bodies to the throne upon which he now sits. A throne which has proceeded from up above with the inscription King of Kings and the period of reign, Yesterday, Today and Forever.
This may seem so far-fetched to some. “It’s all fictional,” we may say. Yet, if we examine the scriptures well, we would realize that it isn’t so far of at all! There is coming a day when we will all stand before God’s throne - the small and the great. Many kings of various eras will be there and so will you and I.
On that day, every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow before Jesus Christ and He will be crowned the King of Kings - only this time, not in mockery as was done by the Roman soldiers at the time of His death. Then, we will have no choice. But now we are invited everyday to come and sup with Him and worship at His throne. How many of us accept this invitation?
Casting Your Golden Crowns (The act of worship) was borne out of a burning desire to see worship established in the church. Based on the account of John on the isle of Patmos, which affords us a tiny glimpse at heavenly worship, this book expounds the various aspects of worship both on the personal and congregational levels.
In a time when idol worship seems to be on the increase and man’s search for God has been met with divers deceptions and doctrines of devils, it is imperative that we, the people of God, understand our purpose which ultimately is to bring worship unto God, and demonstrate to the world not only an act but a life of worship unto Him.
Explore with me the realms and dimensions of worship and learn, refresh your understanding or delve into a brand new world of worship, designed to change your life forever.