When we gather ourselves together in the worship of the Lord, we are, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by our faith, lifted into the heavenlies before the throne of God. Every Lord’s Day, we are in heaven before God’s throne, and it is very important what we do there.
We notice in 2 Chronicles 20, that it is the priests that lift up their voices and play instruments to worship before the great battle. The Kohathites and the Korahites to be exact. But now, in Christ, all the assembly is called to lift up their voices as priests to the Most High God. Through your baptism, you adults and even you little ones, are counted as priests to God (Revelation 1:5-6), and He calls all of us, in covenant with Christ, to gather around His throne and praise Him like the Levites.
This principle of changing the world, of rightly worshiping God according to His Word, is pertinent for the way we function every Lord’s Day. As we gather in heaven, we are not gathered there alone as priests. We are joined with the saints around the world worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. But we are not just gathered around the throne of God with all the saints as priests, but we are gathered and led in worship by the Captain of the Armies of Heaven, we are led in worship by our Great High Priest.
Hebrews 2:8-12 tells us this,
“Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder [the Champion] of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
Here we have Jesus in the courts of heaven standing in our midst, like Jehoshaphat in the midst of Judah, and Jesus is lifting His voice in singing Psalm 22.
We see in this passage that it is God the Father’s purpose to give the world to His Son by establishing Christ’s Kingdom throughout all the earth. All things have been placed into subjection to Jesus and there is nothing outside of His control.
It is true that at the present time we do not see all things in subjection under Christ, but the principle of faith that gains the victory through the promise is patience. For example, we see, today, more of the world placed under the footstool of Christ than Paul did. We see more of the world placed under the feet of Christ than Augustine did, more than Luther and Calvin, more than Edwards and Whitefield.
And our children and grandchildren will see even more of this world placed in submission to Christ than what we see now.
The course of human history, bound up in Jesus Christ, is not destined to burn in a crashing heap of wreckage outside of God’s control. The Word tells us here that all things are under the control of Jesus Christ, all of them.
The progression of this dominion is the work of the Holy Spirit through the church in time. And when we sing in the Spirit, when we gather before God’s throne singing His Word (worshiping in Spirit and in Truth), as we face the armies of darkness on the horizon, we have the Champion of our faith bellowing it out before us. We are in the heavenlies calling upon God to fulfill His promises in history, right now.
Jesus is the Champion of our faith because He died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, and overcame death and the devil in full and perfect obedience to God’s Law. He sits at the right hand of power being given all the nations as His inheritance, and we are called to join Him in bringing about this reality, and Christ says, “Sing with Me.”