On this Lord’s Day, we join together in praise of our awesome God. But it is not us who begin this worship. No, we will enter the throne room of God, in the spirit, to join with worship that is ongoing—that never ceases—in heaven.
“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’ And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne saying, ‘Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created.’” (Revelation 4:8-11 NAS95)
Our God is worthy of praise! He is the creator! He is Holy! He is the Almighty! Let us join with these heavenly beings in falling down before the throne to worship Him in reverence and in awe.
And let us, throughout the week ahead, take time to praise God individually. His praise should be in our hearts, and also on our lips. Not only should we praise God in our minds, but we should express our praise to him with our mouths; in prayer, in song, in reminding another of His goodness and glory. We should do this when life is good and also when life gets hard. Our God is intrinsically worthy of our praise, no matter what is going on in our lives, and we do not worship Him merely to get something in return. Yet, God is gracious. He gives so much in return as we praise Him. In times of turmoil and heartache, if we would praise Him with our hearts and our lips, we will find help. We will find strength. We will find a renewed perspective on life. Praising God will help us to stop wallowing in our own troubles and to fix our eyes on Him. As we praise Him, we are reminded that He deeply cares for us and that He can handle any problem we may be facing. What renewed vigor and hope worship brings. Let us be people of praise in our daily lives and as we gather together as His redeemed people this Lord’s Day.