WORSHIP IS GIVING GLORY, HONOR, AND THANKS, NOT HOW I FEEL
“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say 11, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will, they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:9—11)
Worship in heaven reveals how different it is from how it is done here on earth. Worship is about giving glory, honor, and thanks to Jesus. Worship is not about how we feel but what we give to God, ascribing who he is. God sits on the throne, speaking of him as King who rules over his people’s life, and his rule never ends. God reigns forever and ever.
The creatures were not the only ones who worshiped, who gave glory, honor, and thanks. The elders also were moved as they worshiped Jesus, who sits on the throne. The elders fell before him and worshipped him. They lay their crowns before the thrones and worship him. They laid their crowns before him to declare that Jesus is worthy, our Lord and our God. The elders also ascribed Jesus to receive glory, honor, and power.
And again, they declare who Jesus is, the creator of ALL THINGS. They proclaimed that Jesus created all things by his will. All things have their beings from Jesus. All things were created by Jesus’ will and nothing existed that he didn’t create by his will for his pleasure.
Worship is never about how the worshipper feels and how wonderful we harmonize and sing. Worship is about recognizing who Jesus is worthy to receive glory, honor, thanks, and power because he rules on the throne.
Jesus is worthy of worship because he is my creator who created me by his will for his purpose and pleasure. Proper worship stems from understanding who God is in my life and who he is. True worship is NOT singing but UNDERSTANDING who Jesus is and who I am to him. I exist to worship him for his goodwill and his pleasure only. Worship is NOT only Sundays but daily.
I am reminded today of what true worship is. I will continue to worship him as it is modeled here in Revelation. I want to worship Jesus daily by getting to know him more and better than before. I will worship Jesus, knowing that it is not about how I feel but about who He is in my life daily.
Jesus, I am grateful that you reminded me today of what true worship should be. Teach me to know you more and to honor and glorify you for who you are. Help me never to make worship about my feelings and emotions. Teach me to turn those feelings and emotions toward honoring you by giving glory and thanks for all you have done for me. Teach me to worship you in the right spirit. I worship you for who you are. Amen!