The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;Psalm 9:9-11
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
Now’s the time to worship Him. Now’s the time to lift up the name of Jesus and praise Him. Now’s the time glorify God for His goodness and grace. Don’t wait until this pandemic is over. Don’t wait until the economy fixes itself. Don’t wait until everyone is healthy and all the hard times have passed.
We have an opportunity to do something now that we cannot do in heaven. In eternity we will not be able to worship the Lord in the midst of hardship and pain. There will be no hardship and pain. In heaven we will not be able to lift up the name of Jesus in the midst of uncertainty and struggle. There will be no uncertainty and struggle.
Right now is when we get to glorify the name of Jesus regardless of our circumstances. Right now is when we get to declare the goodness of God in the face of all the hardship we face. Right now is our chance. Don’t let it pass!
Now is the time to declare our trust in God. Now is the time to declare that He is worthy of our lives no matter what. Now is the time to sing our lungs out about how amazing God is, slow to anger and abounding in love. Let’s not wait for things to return to normal before we lift up His name!
And I’m not just talking about gatherings on Sunday mornings. Yes, we will gather again eventually. But let’s not wait for that. Right now, in our alone time with the Lord, let’s exalt the name of Jesus. Let’s renew our worship of the Only One who is worthy. Let’s sing our song to Him in the secret place as a congregation of one to an audience of One.
We have an opportunity to do now what we won’t be able to do for eternity. We get to worship Him in the midst of this trial. Let’s not miss this opportunity. This kind of opportunity doesn’t come around very often. Let’s make sure we take advantage of it!
Worship now Church!
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.Revelation 22:1-5
This is a beautiful picture of what awaits those who have surrendered their life to Jesus. We essentially get invited into the new Garden of Eden, the throne room of God, the new Temple, the new Jerusalem.
We don’t yet get to eat the fruit from the tree of life but one day we will. Yet, I do believe we have access to the leaves of the tree of life. The leaves of the tree bring healing. And we do get to participate in healing (even if it is only partial) in the here and now.
One of the primary aspects of Jesus’s ministry was healing the physically sick and healing souls through casting out demons. Healing is a major emphasis when Jesus ushers in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus passes that same ministry of healing to his own disciples (Matthew 10:1-8) and then also to us (Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:17-18). Jesus goes so far as to say, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”(John 14:12).
Our role now as disciples of Jesus is to learn how to harvest the leaves of healing and distribute them to those around us who are hurting. The tree of life has a continual source of water and is in a continual harvest season. It never runs out of leaves. There is always more than enough. Our task now is to learn how to cooperate with the Spirit, as we follow the direction of the Father, to see people get healed all around us.