Unceasing Worship (8 June 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Around the throne in the centre were four living creatures covered front and back with eyes. The first creature was like a lion, the second one was like a bull, the third one had the face of a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings, and their bodies were covered with eyes. Day and night they never stopped singing,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
    the all-powerful God,
who was and is
    and is coming!”

The living creatures kept praising, honouring, and thanking the one who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever. At the same time the twenty-four elders knelt down before the one sitting on the throne. And as they worshiped the one who lives forever, they placed their crowns in front of the throne and said,

“Our Lord and God,
    you are worthy
to receive glory,
    honour, and power.
You created all things,
and by your decision they are
    and were created.”

(Revelation 4.8-11)

Reflect:

The author’s readers lived in a time much like ours where evil was rampant and apparently all-powerful. Goodness seemed weak and ineffectual. But John’s vision of heaven shows the reality of God’s holiness, power and sovereign rule. God alone is good and worship in heaven is unceasing. When we worship, we join with all the company of heaven in praise that will never end.

Respond:

Try to unceasingly give God thanks and worship today. As often as possible, throughout this day, turn your mind and heart to God and praise him.

 

Midday Meditation:

‘I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a Big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation. I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on. I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence.’

(John Ortberg)

Evening Reflection:

It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, Lord Most High!
It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love
and at night to announce how faithful you are.
I enjoy praising your name to the music of harps, because everything you do makes me happy, and I sing joyful songs. 

(From Psalm 92)

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