Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some Reflections on Worship

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!" (Rev 5:11 -12 ESV)

  • The whole council or community of heaven are engaged in worship in heaven. Around the throne in concentric circles are the four living creatures, the twenty four elders, and the thousands upon thousands of angels who are worshipping.  
  • Worship is not some shy, soft, unengaged act of obedience.  It is boisterous, loud, and here, apparently defending.
  • Most importantly, worship is centered on the Lamb and his work on behalf of the redeemed.  As one writer has said, the scene in Revelation chapters 4-5 is ant-anthropomorphic!  
  • Worship is engaged with the affections.  When our voices are raised it is because our affections are  also raised.  There exceptions, calling your kids to dinner, talking to someone who is hard of hearing, etc.  Jesus condemned those who worship him with their lips but whose hearts are far from him (Mat 15:8).
Think about these points the next time you gather to worship.  

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