"An Explosion of Praise"
April 17, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
"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
It isn't too often that people seem able to really get excited about something. It doesn't seem fashionable to demonstrate one's obvious delight and sing for joy.
Our text shows that this is not the way it is in heaven. While on earth we, the heirs and beneficiaries of God's grace in Christ, often worship God in a subdued manner. Heaven itself undergoes an explosion of praise and thanksgiving centering in Jesus Christ.
Since Christ was slain and by His blood ransomed all people for God, heaven is ringing with praise to Him for gaining followers "from every tribe and language and people and nation" and for making them "a kingdom and priests to serve our God" (Revelation 5:9-10).
Let the redeemed people of God accord the Savior glory and honor also here on earth, for He has broken the power of sin over them and has set them free to serve the living God. Let them sing: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9). Saints above and saints below have every reason to join in the celebration of our Lord's glorious victory.
PRAYER: Dearest Jesus, we rejoice, give thanks, and sing to You, for You alone are worthy. Amen.
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