By Ellen Ceely
“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!’ And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:11–14)
The book of Revelation has been interpreted in different ways by pastors and scholars throughout the years. But there’s one thing all Christians can agree on: Revelation is full of the worship of God—and it’s wonderful!
As we continue to celebrate the season of Easter, we can look at this theme of God opening our eyes of faith. I can’t help but note how our faith is closely linked to our worship. As Jesus taught the Samaritan woman, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The Spirit of God opens our eyes to worship Jesus—the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He bore our sin and defeated death so that we might live with him forever. He is worthy! Worthy of all power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing! (Rev. 5:12)
Heaven rejoices and praises the Almighty for who he is, what he has done, and what he continues to do on our behalf. What’s our response? It should be the same as that of heaven. As our eyes of faith are opened, we have the honor and opportunity to thank God and worship him forever.
How can you worship God in your daily life? We often think of worship as singing, Bible reading, or prayer. All of those are excellent examples, but God’s Word calls us to do all things to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). We can do chores around the house with a heart of thanksgiving. We can use our talents and skills to serve the church. We can encourage someone who’s sick or visit someone who’s lonely. Whatever you do from a heart of thankfulness and praise for your Creator will always be a way of worship (Colossians 3:17). How can you worship God today? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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