Today many churches advertise a worship service they call “Extreme Worship.” Usually what they mean by this is a service especially geared to a group of people looking for a “rock concert” worship experience complete with upbeat full volume music, flashing computer-controlled lights, a fog machine sending a mist through the air and several video screens with quickly changing background scenes and words for songs. In this type of “extreme worship” it is all about the experience, and the emotions stirred by the music, lights, and video. It is often focused more on man than God. Is this really “extreme worship” or an artificial experience created by music and technology?
I think the worship found in the book of Revelation is a picture of real extreme worship. What are some worship principles found from several of these pictures of worship in chapters 1-5?
1. Extreme worship is expressed through real humility, reverence and fear before Jesus. It is falling at Jesus’ feet as the Apostle John did. (Revelation 1:12-18)
2. Extreme worship is 24/7. It is praise and worship that is constantly happening before the Throne of God. (Revelation 4:8)
3. Extreme worship recognizes the holiness of God. God is three times Holy. (Revelation 4:8)
4. Extreme worship realizes that the One Eternal God, Creator of all things is alone worthy of worship. The created worships the Creator. This worship is a picture of God-centered worship not man-centered. (Revelation 4:9-11)
5. Extreme worship is focused on the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ. The new song of Revelation 5 was about the work of Christ on the cross redeeming people for God. Worship that is not focused on Jesus Christ and His work on the cross is not true Christian worship. David Prior once said, “We never move on from the cross, only to a more profound understanding of the cross.” (Revelation 5:8-10)
6. Extreme worship is the worship of all of heaven: angels, living creatures, elders, thousands of thousands singing in full voice to Jesus. Our first “call to worship” is when we come to Jesus and it is then that we join with the heavenly worshipers before the Throne. (Revelation 5:11-12)
7. Extreme worship of the Lamb will one day include every creature in heaven and on earth. (Revelation 5:13-14).