January 26 - The Lamb is Worthy

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January 26 - The Lamb is Worthy

Revelation 5:9-14

And they sang a new song:  “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 honor 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 honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

In the Old Testament, a ‘new song’ refers to a song which has been written in order to celebrate a special occasion or replaces a song that has been sung for a long time.  These songs tell of God’s wondrous deeds, but here in Revelation, the new song refers to the Lamb who has atoned for the sins of the people and offered redemption.  He has accomplished the redemptive task and for that, a new song rings throughout heaven.

He is worthy not because he is a mighty conqueror, but because of the sacrifice he made on the cross. By this action, He receives power and wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise.

In each section of the song, we see a growing number of beings lifting up their voices in song.  It began with the twenty-four angels and the four creatures, then grows with what should be translated as myriads upon myriads of angels.  These heavenly messengers, according to Hebrews 1:14 are servants to the saints who inherit salvation.  Of course they rejoice and worship the One who has redeemed humanity.  Luke 15:7 says, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” The angels are closely connected with the redeemed and rejoice in great measure.

Following the myriads of angels who join in song, every single creature of creation adds their voices to worship of the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.

Consider the immensity of this worship and that you are part of God’s creation. Lift up your heart and your voice and sing praise and with the four living creatures, say “Amen.”