Day 40: The Worship of the Lamb
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:13-14
Worship fills the book of Revelation. Whether it is the heavenly creatures who are continually in His presence, or humans new to the rarefied air of the throne room of God, there is a decided atmosphere of amazement, praise, and awe so great that they are recurrently falling on their faces. Worship, after all, is the heart-felt expression of the worth we place on someone, and here, in the very presence of the MOST spectacular of all beings, all those around the throne are repeatedly lost in wonder.
If we take a look at the passages describing this worship (chapters 4, 5, 7, 14, and 19 especially), we see the many things for which the Lamb is praised. He is lauded for His holiness, righteousness, eternity, power, wisdom, justice, truth, and reign. He is praised for giving His life to redeem us, being the Creator, and for being the only one who is worthy. It is far too easy to view these more as an informative list than to be gripped by the wonder of their meaning.
Warren Wiersbe has said, “…true wonder is not a passing emotion or some kind of shallow excitement. It has depth to it. True wonder reaches right into your heart and mind and shake you up…It is an encounter with reality—with God—that brings awe to your heart. You are overwhelmed with an emotion that is a mixture of gratitude, adoration, reverence, fear, —and love. You are not looking for explanations; you are lost in the wonder of God.”
• How wonder-filled is your worship? When you read the worship passages in Revelation are you moved, or detached?
• Is worship a just a warm emotion for you, or can you, like Job, still worship when your world is crumbling?
• Which attributes of the Lord tend to move you most to worship?
Lord, I know when I see You face to face I, like those in Revelation, will be on my face—undone by Your splendor, filled with a knowledge of You that will fill my heart with gratitude, praise and rapture. But now, Lord, even now, reveal Yourself to me in a way that causes me to worship from my heart.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries