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Praising God through Revelation

  

We have just started up our Final Words: A Study of Revelation class again. Revelation contains much insight into the spiritual realm, living obediently, and the end times. However, it also includes a large cache of praise ammunition. From the magisterial vision of God’s throne room in chapter four to the description of New Jerusalem in the last two chapters, a variety of beings offer praise to God repeatedly. What follows is a compendium of these texts, slightly revised to enrich your own prayer life. (All references are from Revelation.)

You are the great revealer who showed Your servants what must soon take place (1:1). You are the alpha and the omega who is and who was and who is to come (1:4, 8). Sitting on Your throne, Your appearance is like jasper and carnelian (4:2-3). Surrounding You is an emerald rainbow, four living creatures, twenty-four elders, and myriads of angels (4:3, 4, 6; 5:11). From Your throne issue forth flashes of lightning and peals of thunder (4:5). The mighty six-winged creatures rest not day or night proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (4:8). The twenty-four elders fall down before You, casting their crowns and declaring “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created” (4:10-11). Every creature in heaven and on earth and under earth proclaims, “To You be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (5:13).

You are He whom the courageous martyrs call, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true” (6:10). Your wrath is so great that the great ones, the generals, the rich, and the powerful hide themselves from Your face (6:16). One day a great multitude, more than anyone could ever count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language will cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne!” (7:10). The angels, the elders, and the living creatures, once again will fall on their faces, worshipping You and saying “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen” (7:11-12). You will care for those who came out of great tribulation, providing them with shelter from the sun, food to satisfy their hunger, and comfort by wiping every tear away from their eyes (7:15-17).

At the last trumpet, loud voices in heaven will shout, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (11:15). Then the twenty-four elders will again fall on their faces worshipping and proclaim, “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty who is and who was, for You have taken Your great power and begun to reign. The nations raged, but Your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding Your servants, the prophets and saints and those who fear Your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth” (11:16-18).

The angel who proclaims the eternal gospel instructs all saying, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; Worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water” (14:7). Those who conquered the beast and its image stand beside the sea of glass with Your harps in their hands, singing the song of Moses and of the Lamb saying, “Great and amazing are Your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed” (15:2-4). The mighty angel who executes Your wrath cries out, “Just are You, O Holy One, who is and who was, for You brought these judgments; for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets and You have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!” (16:5-6). The altar joins in with the words, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are Your judgments!” (16:7).

After You judge Babylon, the city that had done so much wickedness, the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven cries out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants. Hallelujah!” (19:1-3). Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creates fall down and worship You saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” (19:4). Next, from the throne a voice rings out, “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great” (19:5). Finally, a great multitude declaims with the roar of many waters and the sound of mighty peals of thunder, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory; for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (19:6-7).

In the end, Your dwelling place will be with people. You will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore (21:3-4). You will make all things new (21:5). You are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the one who gives access to the spring of the water of life without payment (21:6). To the one who conquers, You will be his God, whereas the wicked will find their end in the second death (21:7-8). You will establish New Jerusalem, the city of God, endowing it with Your glory and radiance, illuminating it with Your own light so that its inhabitants have no need of the sun or moon to shine upon it (21:2, 11, 23). You and the Lamb will be its temple (21:22). At long last, Your servants will see Your face and Your name will be on their foreheads (22:3-4). O Lord, the God of the spirit of the prophets, send Jesus soon (22:6, 21)!

4 Responses to “Praising God through Revelation”

  1. on 20 Sep 2012 at 1:13 amGeorge

    The Final Words has brought to me so much more to my understanding,it has put within my heart a yearning to know my LOD God Almighty in a way that I can not put into words.I thought when I got my daughter that that would help me to know God more,then my grandson,but there is nothing in this present world that can compare with a relationship with The Almighty,The LORD OF HOSTS.There is a new song in my heart and I will sing it to my Father and whether I overcome or not I shall praise Him fOR ALL He has done for all mankind,for He is worthy of all my praise,Love and servitude.God Bless You,He Loves You,You are Gods Best,and thanks for all you do for His Highest!!! gw

  2. on 28 Sep 2012 at 4:40 pmRuss Brown

    Good stuff… 1st thought is to run to a psalm when looking for praises to God, but there’s some rich stuff in Rev. Thanks for posting.

    “Great and amazing are Your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed” (15:2-4).

  3. on 28 Sep 2012 at 4:48 pmSean

    Russ,

    I too was surprised by how much outright praise filled the pages of the book of Revelation, especially in the context of God pouring out his wrath!

  4. on 18 May 2013 at 12:52 pmGeorge

    I had forgot what I had said for the world and the evil one came to steal that which I have,LORD bring Your word back to my rememberance in CHRIST JESUS NAME amen.

  

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