Worship in Heaven
Today’s Reading: Revelation 4:1-11
Key Verse: “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Revelation 4:11
We probably all have some kind of mental picture of what it means to worship. Depending on your church background, when you think of worship you may think of classical music such as a great choir singing the Hallelujah chorus. Or perhaps what comes to mind is the image of a traditional brick church on a Sunday morning, filled with people singing one of the great hymns of the faith such as “How Great Thou Art”. Or maybe you envision a scene with hands raised, eyes closed, people singing praise choruses, or hands clapping, feet moving, shouts of “Hallelujah!” and “Amen!” Or you may not think of singing at all. Perhaps for you, the word “worship” brings up images of people sitting quietly in church with their heads bowed, praying or meditating. Or even someone bowing down or kneeling.
Worship is attributing ultimate worth to something – whether it’s an object, or a person, or even an idea. Worship is valuing one thing above all else. It’s literally “worth-ship”. So when we sing praises to God, we are worshipping, because we are proclaiming that He has the greatest possible worth. His value is above that of gold, or silver, or jewels, or houses, or land. We are testifying that His power exceeds that of every king, President, or dictator in history; that the glory of his holiness outshines the billions of stars in every galaxy. When we worship God, we are saying that nothing compares to Him. He is above all, He is greater than all. Everything in creation pales to insignificance next to the sovereign Lord of the universe. Listen to what the Scriptures tell us:
“In a loud voice they sang: ’Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’” – Revelation 5:12 (NIV)
God alone is supremely worthy of our praise, and our love, and our devotion, and our service; both because of who He is, and because of what He has done.