“Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Mar. 2, 2022 – Revelation 005

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Chapter 5 (ESV)

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 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, 12 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!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

REFLECTION:

  1. God came and took the scroll, and as He held it, the living creatures and the elders fall down and worshiped Him. And suddenly heaven is filled with praises; praises for the Lamb; praises for One born in order to die, to purchase with His own blood “men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”.
  2. People whose concern is only about themselves would find the endless praise of God and the Lamb intolerable. In fact, worship is not an action but a reaction, a response evoked by a vision of God’s glory.
  3. In worship, the focus is on God, not on ourselves. The last word of worship is “Amen” (v14) which means “Oh, yes!”  God says yes to us. We respond by saying yes in return.
  4. Reflect on your worship and your response to God. Is God the focal point of your life?  Or is it yourself the center of your life?  How frequently do you say “No” to God?  When was the last time that you said “Yes” to God?

 

PRAYER:

Dear God! You are a God worthy of power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing. But You were willing to be the scapegoat and died on the cross to atone for my sins. May You come back soon, so that I can worship and sing praises to You with the many angels. Amen!

 

HYMN:

Indescribable – youtu.be/5IlVfkY5q54

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