Revelation 5; Nehemiah 7:5-8:12; Psalm 100
“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” (Revelation 5:11-12 NKJV)
I can’t tell you what heaven will be like, but I can guarantee you that we’ll be spending a lot of time praising the Lord. And it won’t be a chore. Sometimes that praise will be organized, like we see here, and sometimes we’ll just break out in spontaneous praise because He truly is worthy. When we think of how Jesus left heaven to die for us, when we think of how much He suffered to pay the penalty for our sin, and when we see Him face to face, we’ll be overwhelmed with joy and caught up in worship of the One who made all this possible.
Sometimes, you just need to worship. We need to recognize Jesus for who He is and what He’s done. We have a pretty good idea about how to worship in our culture, the problem is that too often our worship is misplaced when we worship the hit singer, the star running back, or the pitcher that just threw a no-hitter. While all those types of people make life enjoyable and there’s nothing wrong with applauding them, too often our celebrations of their excellence turn to worship.As I write this, it’s Saturday. For some, today is a day of worship, for most followers of Christ, tomorrow is the day of worship. As you prepare for that worship time…er…wait, do you prepare for worship or do you just make a mad dash to get to church ten minutes before it starts? Is worship a joy, or do you sit through a worship service checking your watch and hoping you’ll make it home in time for the current sporting event? I don’t know about you, but I plan to spend the rest of eternity doing a lot of worship. I figure it’s a good idea to start practicing now.
Lord, You are worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing. Help me to worship You while I live on this earth and experience amazing joy when I worship You in heaven.