After this I looked, and lo and behold a huge gathering which nobody could possibly count, from every nation and tribe and people and language. They were standing in front of the throne, and in front of the lamb. They were dressed in white robes, holding palm branches in their hands.
They were shouting out at the tops of their voices, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one who sits on the throne, and to the lamb!”
What is really striking to me as I go through Revelation, is how it is clearly all about the greatness, worthiness, and awesomeness of God and of Jesus Christ, way more than being some mystery puzzle book begging to be unlocked and figured out twenty centuries later.
As I read through, I am set ablaze with reverence for our very worthy-of-all-worship God. I couldn’t care a whole lot less about what everything exactly means or represents.
Maybe when I’m done kneeling and worshipping before the throne of the Lamb, I’ll care more about diving in to some of the imagery, but I’m good for now.
May we not lose sight of the appropriate extolling nature of Revelation.
All the angels who were standing around the throne and the elders and the four creatures fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God.
“Yes! Amen!” they were saying. “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever! Amen!”
These angels, elders, and four creatures give us an excellent source of devotional meditation if we’re ever in want of what to do with our time with God!
The following is from William Barclay’s commentary which I found inspiring:
They ascribe blessing to God; and God’s creation must always be blessing him for his goodness in creation and in redemption and in providence to all that he has created. As a great saint put it: “Thou hast made us and we are thine; thou hast redeemed us and we are doubly thine.”
They ascribe glory to God. God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords; therefore, to him must be given glory. God is love but that love must never be cheaply sentimentalized; men must never forget the majesty of God.
They ascribe wisdom to God. God is the source of all truth, the giver of all knowledge. If men seek wisdom, they can find it by only two paths, by the seeking of their minds and by waiting upon God—and the one is as important as the other.
They offer thanksgiving to God. God is the giver of salvation and the constant provider of grace; he is the creator of the world and the constant sustainer of all that is in it. It was the cry of the Psalmist: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2) Shakespeare said that it was sharper than a serpent’s tooth to have a thankless child. We must see to it that we are never guilty of the ugliest and most graceless of sins, that of ingratitude.
They ascribe honor to God. God is to be worshipped. It may be that sometimes we may come to think of him as someone to be used; but we ought not to forget the claims of worship, so that we not only ask things from him but offer ourselves and all we are to him.
They ascribe power to God. God’s power never grows less and the wonder is that it is used in love for men. God works his purposes out throughout the ages and in the end his kingdom will come.
They ascribe strength to God. The problem of life is to find strength for its tasks, its responsibilities, its demands. The Christian can say: “I will go in the strength of the Lord.”
There is no greater exercise in the life of devotion than to meditate on the praise of the angels and, to appropriate to ourselves everything in it.