Rev. 14:2,3 – And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders.
It’s hard for us to fathom what heaven will be like. How will our experience differ from what we know now? I think one of the obvious differences will be our perception of the Lord. Paul said we now see through a glass darkly, then face to face. The ‘then’ Paul is speaking of is heaven, the ‘face to face’ is Jesus Himself. Our view of Him and His work will be crystal clear, we will be stunned at what He has done for us and we will be awestruck by Him and His attributes. We will see His sovereignty, His power, His wisdom, His goodness and His love for us in new light. What will be our response? That is what heaven is all about, our response to His glory. We will be transformed into amazing worshippers by the sight of His glory. Here is Jonathan Edwards talking about our worship in heaven.
“They have another sense how great a gift the gift of God’s only begotten Son is. They have another sense of the greatness and dignity of the person of Christ, and how great a thing it was for him to become man, and how great a thing it was for him to lay down his life, and to endure the shameful and accursed death of the cross. They have another sense how great the benefits are that Christ has purchased for me, how great a mercy it is to have sin pardoned, and to be delivered from the misery of hell. They have another sense how dreadful that misery is, for the damned are tormented in the presence of the holy angels and saints, and they see the smoke of their torment; and have another sense what eternity is, and so are proportionably more sensible how great a mercy it is to be delivered from that torment.”
The things we have barely glimpsed in this fallen world will be unveiled in heaven. We will find ourselves consumed by the atmosphere, joining together with the angels and the redeemed from every generation singing heaven’s song. It seems as we get closer the power from that other side is breaking in on us. How does that effect us? It makes us want to worship Him more.