Lent 2009 (10) – And singing too

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen”, and the elders fell down and worshipped.
Revelation 5:9-14

The glimpse we have in chapters 4 and 5 is of worship, of numerous persons (variously referred to as creatures, elders and angels) totally absorbed in the worship of God and of “the Lamb”.

Revelation was written to Christians who were experiencing terrible persecution for their faith under the Romans. They are being reminded that despite everything God is there, unchanging in his power and love, and that they belong to him because of what Jesus, the Lamb, has achieved. This glimpse was an encouragement to them to ‘hang in’ and even to join in the worship.

Worship can be a source of strength. It doesn’t necessarily change things, nor take the pain away, but somehow it gives gives the future hope to cope with the present circumstances.

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