Read Revelation 5:11-14
11-12 Then in my vision I heard the voices of many angels encircling the throne, the living creatures and the elders. There were myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, crying in a great voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!”
13 Then I heard the voice of everything created in Heaven, upon earth, under the earth and upon the sea, and all that are in them saying, “Blessing and honour and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen”, while the elders fell down and worshipped. (JBP)
Lots of controversy swirls around the last book of the Bible. But what most readers understand is that Revelation is a description of heavenly realities, ultimate realities. Behind the chaos of earth and the setbacks suffered by God’s people, God wins.
Here we have a description of ceaseless worship of God. Worship is giving God his rightful due: it embraces the whole of life not just a singing segment in church. It involves putting God in his proper place: the highest place. As we do this, all else fits into its proper place.
Eugene Peterson puts it well:
Failure to worship consigns us to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every advertisement and every seduction. We move in either frightened panic or deluded lethargy, as we are, in turn, alarmed by spectres or soothed by placebos. If there is no centre, there is no circumference. People who do not worship are swept into a vast restlessness, epidemic in the world, with no steady direction and no sustaining purpose.
May we not consign worship to a few songs in church but expand it to embrace our whole life. Putting God in his place means everything else finds its proper place.
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