Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5
October 7th and the invasion of Hamas into Israel, the carnage that ensued, the war that erupted, and the images that have hit the media like a tsunami, these all leave an indelible mark on our psyche. The subsequent images of demonstrations both for and against Israel just add to our angst. It’s an anxious time as we watch and wait, perhaps, for terror to attack us closer to home. Compound all this global and national upheaval with the stresses of everyday life we experience individually. All of it, the horrific images and anxieties of life threaten to strike at our soul. Who feels like worshipping in such an environment? Probably few do. How about you? Have you lost your worship? Have you lost the spirit and desire and feeling for worship? Is worship the last thing you feel like doing in such a time as this? Let me tell you why you should reconsider and instead take a step of faith and worship especially in a time such as this.
“Latter times,” last days.” There is much going on in the world around us that is evidence we are living in what the Bible refers to as “latter times” or “last days.” Those times are described as follows:
1 Timothy 4:1–2 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
2 Timothy 3:1–5 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Such times are “expressly” described by the Spirit of God in His word. Something that is “expressly” described by the Spirit who inspired God’s word, is something we should be aware of. When the danger is that some will “depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy,” then we need to be prepared and aware and to guard ourselves.
God’s word should be central and our authority. In such perilous times, its essential that God’s word be central and our primary authority. To prevent ourselves from being deceived, we need to view everything through the lens of God’s word. I want to emphasize from the start that our standard when assessing anything is God’s word. Our responsibility is to weigh things, assess things, and then keep the good and discard the bad. One of the prime responsibilities of the pastor called by God, is to disciple the flock of God. That is why the Apostles of the early church prioritized prayer and teaching God’s word saying, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). The early church remained strong though persecuted. That was because, “They continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Act 2:42). That is our example.
Set apart for God’s use by adhering to God’s word. The church is the “pillar of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). To be sanctified is to be set apart for God’s use. Jesus states the prime instrument of such sanctification is God’s truthful word. That is why Isaiah, in a time when God’s people were wavering in their faith, he proclaimed, “To the law and the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). We need to stick close to the Lord by living by His word, especially in such a time as this.
The Bible is our measure. Our measure by which everything is to be assessed, is the word of God. We are to scrutinize and test and assess everything by God’s word:
1 Thessalonians 5:20–22 – 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
2 Timothy 2:15 – 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We need to especially be Bereans in the times we are living in (i.e. Acts 17:11).
The Bible says we have a predatory adversary who roams around looking to devour us. The Bible states:
1 Peter 5:8–10 – 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
The enemy is on the prowl. When you see the human carnage such as we have seen of late, understand that Satan is behind it.
Satan’s worship strategy. Because one of the prophetic descriptions of Satan uses musical instruments to describe him, (“timbrels and pipes” – Ezekiel 28:11-19), its believed that Satan was involved in the worship of heaven, even maybe the worship leader of heaven. If that is the case, its not surprising to see his hands attacking people, especially God’s people, with demonic tactics and strategies involved with music and worship. Satan attacks through worship in several ways.
First, Satan uses music to separate people from God and His word. This tactic of the devil has more to do with secular music. Secular lyrics lure us to listen and then drive a wedge of doubt and disagreement between us and God through ungodly lyrics. But even “Christian” “worship” can lure us to listen and then drive a wedge of doubt and disagreement between us and God through ungodly unscriptural, even anti-scriptural lyrics. Beware what you listen to!
Second, Satan uses music to separate us from what we ought to do. Sometimes, when life’s burdens becoming overwhelming, Satan will coax us to get lost in music. He will speak to us about how soothing “worship” is and to just lose ourselves in music. In such situations Satan uses music to distract us and avert our attention from where it needs to be. Satan uses music to stall us, even paralyze us. Beware, worship is good, but it is never a substitute for obedience to God and His word. The message of this study is not that we should drop our weapons and worship, (though we will see an example of when God instructed His people to do just that). This is a message on right worship.
Third, Satan depresses and discourages us to kill our spirit of worship. Worship is always appropriate no matter the circumstance. It isn’t a substitute for obeying God and His word. But worship is integral to obeying God and His word.
Not black and white by shades of gray. Satan seldom shows himself in blatant contrasting colors like black and white. Instead Satan trips us up by presenting us with something less than God’s best. Our choices therefore are not usually between black and white, wrong versus right, but shady choices between what is better and best.
It is always the right time to worship – DON’T LOSE YOUR WORSHIP. With all the terror and heartache we’ve seen in the world recently, the war and its wreckage, compounded with the personal issues of life that cause us anxiety, maybe even depression, I want to tell you, DON’T LOSE YOUR WORSHIP!
What is Worship?
What is worship? Is it just singing? What does the Bible say?
First, worship is so much more than just singing. Worship and singing go hand in glove. But worship is so much more than singing. “Worship” (Hebrew saha) in the Old Testament is prostrating yourself to, paying homage to, bowing down to, humbly revering. Worship is submission to God.
Second, worship is giving God your best, your most treasured, your most loved. The first occurrence of the word “worship” is in Genesis 22:5 where Abraham takes Isaac to Mount Moriah to sacrifice Him. Isaac was the son of promise to Abraham and Sarah. Isaac was proof that God was faithful and true to His word. Isaac was the evidence that God is real and powerful in that he gave a son to Abraham and Sarah when they were beyond childbearing years. and faithful and loving. And because Isaac was their miracle son, he was most precious and treasured to Abraham and Isaac. But when God instructed Abraham to “take Isaac your son, your only son” and go and sacrifice him, Abraham obeyed. In this account we learn that worship is giving God your best, worship is obeying God even when it is hard to do so, and worship is loving God enough to trust Him with your greatest treasure.
Third, worship is welcoming God. The first occurrence of “worship” in the New Testament is in Matthew 2:2 and speaks of the wisemen coming to “worship” the newborn Messiah, Jesus. “Worship” (Greek proskyneo) means to kiss to hand like a dog licking its master’s hand, pay homage, prostrate oneself in homage. One of the reasons people love their dogs is that no matter how bad a day you’ve had or how mean you’ve treated your dog, they love to welcome you home. They wag their tails and lick your hands and jump up and down and use every fiber of their being to show their welcoming pleasure and happiness to their master. Worship is welcoming God. Worship welcomes God into our life and life situations. Worship says God I missed You; I love You; I am so happy to see You.
Fourth, worship is accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Salvation is a person’s first act of worship. We are saved by our worship as though it were a work that justifies us. No, worship is a sign that we have been convicted of our sins, realized we are hopelessly lost, and happily repent of our sins and trust Jesus as our Redeemer, Savior, Lord unto salvation and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We bow before God in humble repentance confessing our sins. We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins based on believing in Jesus as our Savior and the One who rose from the dead. We worship and thank God for His salvation by grace through faith. Yes, your first act of worship is when you bow and accept Jesus as Savior by faith. Join Peter in worshipping God for His great salvation:
1 Peter 1:3–5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Yes, worship God for His grace and rich salvation. Don’t lose your worship because you have so much to worship about.
Some people don’t like worship because to them it’s only singing. But as we’ve seen, it’s so much more than that. Why worship?
First, because worship is primarily for God. We worship God because He alone is worthy to be worshipped. “You are worthy. O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). Jesus is worthy of our worship because our redemption depends on Him. “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9). God is worthy of our worship. And because He is worthy of worship, we worship Him no matter how we feel.
Second, because worship is secondarily for us. Worship does lift our spirits and does call God into our circumstances as when Paul and Silas were imprisoned and sang songs of worship in the night. “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:25-26). Their worship lifted their spirits. Their worship was a testimony and blessing to the other prisoners; it even led to their being unshackled! And their worship invited God into their circumstances Who brought a great earthquake and freed them from their jail cells.
Third, because worship is an act of faith. Worship is not an option to be considered. Worship is a command to be obeyed. We should worship the LORD even if we don’t feel like it. That is because we worship by faith. In the great chapter of faith in the Bible, Hebrews 11, it states, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense” (Hebrews 11:17-19). And it states, “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff” (Hebrews 11:21). Elsewhere in scripture it says, The Bible says, “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2). “Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth” (Psalms 96:9). Jesus told the devil, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Matthew 4:10). Worship is an act of faith!
Worship is not something you necessarily have to feel like doing. Worship is an act of faith. In fact, worship is most pleasing to God when you worship Him even though you may not feel like it. Remember, feelings are fickle, capricious, irregular. But feelings can be controllable. Feelings follow acts of faith. Faith is th engine, feelings the caboose, feelings follow acts of faith. Worship is an act of faith which can help us control our feelings.
Here are some examples of difficult times when worship was integral to gaining victory in the war of life.
Don’t Lose Your Worship Even When the Enemy is Attacking – Just Worship and Watch.
2 Chronicles 20 speaks of a confederacy of nations that came up against Israel when King Jehoshaphat was reigning. This was a serious threat, but here God stepped in and instructed Jehoshaphat to not go to war but to worship. It was one of those unique times when God ordered his people to just worship and watch. I say this was unique because worship is not always a substitute for our involvement, only when God stipulates it is. But we learn a lot from this passage.
I encourage ou to read this great chapter of scripture. In the passage God indeed only requires His people to worship as the enemy approaches:
2 Chronicles 20:13–17 – 13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
The account then says that the three-nation confederacy assembled against God’s people turned on each other and destroyed each other. If Satan was closely connected with worship in heaven, if he was the worship leader of heaven, then true worship to the LORD is like nails on a chalkboard that make him and his cohorts cover his ears in confusion. Worship is one of our greatest weapons in spiritual warfare! Don’t stop worshipping! Don’t lose your worship!
Though we worship, it doesn’t mean we leave sin unaddressed in our life. Jehoshaphat had a mighty victory in the passage above. God miraculously intervened. But the rest of the chapter shows us that there was a “nevertheless,” as in “nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.” His inattentiveness to worship led to an alliance with Ahaziah that led to great wreckage and destruction in his life and the kingdom. Don’t neglect worship! (2 Chronicles 20:31-37).
Worship is never a substitute for holy living or obeying the LORD. To misinterpret worship like Jehoshaphat risks experiencing destruction.
Don’t Lose Your Worship Even When You Are Being Reconstructed
Everyone needs Jesus because we “all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). When we repent of our sins, confess them to God, and ask His forgiveness, He forgives us and gives us spiritual eternal life by indwelling us with His Holy Spirit (e.g. Romans 2:4; 3:1-26; Titus 3:4-7).
The way of the world is to drown yourself in self-pity, to “identify” with some condition or “oppressed” cause and then use it to solicit sympathy. I’m not talking about genuine brokenness, but about a perpetually oppressed mindset that identifies and exists in that identity never solving problems or growing or experiencing the Abundant Life Jesus spoke about.
Historically, arguably, no people group has been as genuinely oppressed as Israel and the Jews. But they have survived. One of the reasons for their survival is found in the account when God brought them back into the land to rebuild the Temple and City of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 8 gives the account of a worship service held by those who had returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the City. According to the LORD’s calling and provision Jerusalem was rebuilt. This was culminated in a worship service where the people were overwhelmed by their sins, their repentance, and their God’s provision. It is a chapter which shows how even when God is reconstructing us through repentance, we should keep worship and “the joy of the LORD,” as our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Don’t Lose Your Worship Even In the End Times and When Judgment Approaches
The coming judgment of God is referred to by the psalmist in Psalm 98. “For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity [i.e. uprightness]” (Psalm 98:9). What is interesting is that the preceding eight verses are an incredible description of WORSHIP. See for yourself:
Psalm 98 – A Psalm. – Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. 2The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. 3He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. 5Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, 6With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. 7Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; 8Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, 9For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.
Some people shy away from the prophetic parts of God’s word and what it says about the Latter Days, because of its conclusion in judgment of people. They see wars and rumors of wars, and all the descriptions of the end times and see it in terms of fear and pain. But this Psalm tells us, even in the Old Testament, God’s judgment is not to be responded to with sadness and dread, but with worship. God’s judgment will be a time of vindication and just recompense. For that we should worship.
Here’s an assignment for you. Go to the last book of the Bible, Revelation, and see how many times worship is depicted. The book of Revelation describes the seventieth week of Danial (cf. Daniel 9:24-27). If ever there was a time for people to lose their worship, that would be it. But what do we find? Look for yourself and then return to this article where I have noted a few occurrences of worship below.
When we look at the final chapters of God’s prophetic and redemptive plans, we see God’s justice and mercy and grace in their fullness. For that we ought to worship, and we will worship.
We will worship Jesus the Lamb for His worthiness that solves our unworthiness. In Revelation 5 we are shown a scene in heaven where presented is a “scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.” Then an angel shouts out, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” The saddest of realities is, “And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look at it” (Revelation 5:1-3). To this truth John wept in grief. But one of the elders comforted him saying, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,” JESUS! He, “has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5). Then it states:
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
Oh yes, we will worship because of the worthiness of the Lamb someday. We will worship like never before. When all seems lost and you only have Jesus, worship, because Jesus is all you need.
We will worship when God’s Kingdom comes and is proclaimed. When God’s Kingdom finally comes to this earth, we will worship. When our prayers are finally answered, we will worship. We aren’t to be anxious but instead “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6-7), we need to make our requests prayerfully, and worshipfully to the LORD. Then His peace will come.
Revelation 11:15–19 – 15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
We will worship as we see God’s final judgments poured out on the earth. When God’s justice comes we will rejoice. God’s justice is coming. Until it does, rejoice and worship.
Revelation 15 – Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. 2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
We will worship as God’s martyred people are righteously avenged. There’s an old hymn whose chorus says, “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!”  When the martyred souls of God’s people see His outpoured justice, there will be worship.
Revelation 16:4–7 – 4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying:
“You are righteous, O Lord,
The One who is and who was and who is to be,
Because You have judged these things.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
And You have given them blood to drink.
For it is their just due.”
7 And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
We will worship at the Second Coming of Jesus and the establishment of His Kingdom. When we return with Jesus to set up His Kingdom, that will be a time of His warriors worshipping. All that He has promised will be shown to be true. Our exceedingly great reward will be delivered. It’s reason to worship now for what lays ahead:
Revelation 19:1-21 – After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
And we will worship when we all come together in the presence of the LORD in the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation 21-22).
So don’t waste time wallowing in self-pity or because of the problems of this world. Don’t lose your worship no matter what happens in life. Worship is one of our greatest weapons to overcome difficulty. WORSHIP! NO MATTER WHAT, DON’T LOSE YOUR WORSHIP! In Jesus’ name, by faith, we worship, to the glory of God! Hallelujah! Amen!
 When We All Get to Heaven by E.E. Hewitt (1898).