Words from the Heart for Sunday December 29th, 2019
“Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
Revelation 15:4 (NLT)
Freedom of Religion is a constitutionally protected right in Canada, allowing believers the freedom to assemble and worship without limitation or interference, but it was not always so. In 1851, the Parliament of the Province of Canada enacted the Freedom of Worship Act. The Act gave legal protection to the “free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” in what is now Ontario and Quebec. At Confederation in 1867, the Constitution Act, 1867 protected the right to publicly funded denominational and separate schools, as they existed prior to Confederation. This guarantee applied at first to Ontario and Quebec, and later in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.
Christian worship around the world is so varied, because while the message of the Gospel is the same, the worship style perfectly fits the culture. I have the incredible privilege of often attending worship services where I don’t understand a word that is being said or sung. I say privilege, because I love watching Christians worship. Depending on the culture, I have seen believers sing, pray, dance, shout, raise their hands, wave flags, pound drums and play an amazing variety of musical instruments all while standing, sitting, kneeling or lying prostrate. This is all pointing to the day that Revelation 15:4 says will come to pass: “Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.” We had better get ready for some interesting worship experiences in heaven. It will be centred on Jesus, it will pour forth from hearts that have been redeemed and it will honour and glorify God. It will be the culmination of world missions and it will be wonderful.
These have been words from the heart.