Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Revelation 5:11-14 Heavenly Worship is Lamb-focused, not Me-focused

KEY TEXT: Rev 5:11-13 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!" And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

KEY THOT: John saw a heavenly vision of praise and worship. It was a glorious vision and raucous gathering of angels and saints who were “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!'” (v.12) And this heavenly worship is echoed in all creation, “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" (v.13). Worship originates around the throne of God by thousands upon thousands of angelic beings crying out with loud voices: "Worthy is the Lamb!" And this chorus of heavenly worship is taken up throughout all God's creation, echoing the same praise to the throne and to the Lamb: “blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (v.13).


Heavenly worship around God's throne is focused on the Lamb of God who was slain. Heavenly worship is a glorious celebration of the victory of the Lamb: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" (Rev 5:12). The Lamb is worthy of our worship because He was slain at the Cross for our sins and has set us free from death and the devil’s power over us. Worship in heaven is Lamb-focused, not me-focused.

Too many our contemporary “worship” songs are of the “how-loved-You-make-me-feel” variety. This is strictly not worship as the focus isn’t on the Lamb but on us. True worship that liberates, revives and energizes is Jesus-focused as it speaks of His power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing. Only such glorious vision of Jesus can lift up our spirits and strengthen our love for Him.

Furthermore, worship is not for us but for God. Sometime it is common to hear Christians talk about “enjoying worship” or “not enjoying worship” as though worship is for them and about them. Whether a worship is “enjoyable” or not is not the point. The point is whether God is enjoying it. Jesus said: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him" (John 4:23). When thinking of worship, we must ask what worship is like in heaven before we decide how it should be like on earth, for the worship on earth echoes the worship in heaven.

O Lamb of God, what a glorious victory You have accomplished for us. Worthy is Lamb who was slain!” Amen.

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