Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The language of heaven.

cloud Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Revelation 5:11-12

I have made a commitment with my reading of the book of Revelation to pause and observe the worship. It seems that at every action around the throne of God, there is this spontaneous worship service in action. When Jesus, the Lamb who was slain, comes forward to receive the scroll and open it, the multitude of angels erupts in magnificent song again! It is as if they cannot help it. To be around God’s presence is to actively praise Him.

Praise seems to be the very atmosphere around God’s throne. It is the language and culture of heaven. And it is not self-centered. Many of our attempts at worship focus on what we get from God. And thankfulness is important. But this worship, in its pure praise, is focused again on Who God is and what He does in the universe. The Lamb is worthy for He is slain. And He receives all that should be valuable to us.

The chorus of their worship song offers Jesus seven commitments of praise (perhaps in keeping with the seven-fold descriptions of the Lamb as having seven horns and seven eyes in Rev 5:6). He is worthy to receive power. He has the power to save and to judge. He is worthy to receive wealth, for He controls all things. He is worthy to receive wisdom, for He is the wisdom of God. He is worthy to receive might, for He is the Mighty God and the Prince of Peace. He is worthy to receive honor, for He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is worthy to receive glory, for He has won the ultimate victory over death and sin. He is worthy of blessing, for He is the One in Whom the Father is well-pleased.

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