We sang Revelation Song in worship last Sunday. Troy read from Revelation before we sang:
I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying
“Alleluia. Salvation and glory and honor and power to the Lord our God”
And the four and twenty elders and the four living creatures fell down and
worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!”
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of
many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”
I must confess I had one of those stray thoughts that interrupt sometimes. I wondered why God would create all these creatures just to praise Him, to worship Him, to extoll His worthiness. Is He arrogant? Is He insecure? Does He need to be told how great He is? I don’t think so. He does not need our praise. He was God when there was nothing else but Him. He doesn’t need our worship. We cannot add anything to Him. He is complete without us.
So why are we called to worship and praise Him? Why all of this worship and glorification and praise in the book of Revelation? I have no doubt that it will all happen because it’s in the Bible. But what’s it for?
I am convinced we are called to worship, not for Him, but for us. The Revelation accounts of worship are for us, not for Him, because we need to know how big He is. We need to be reminded of who He is because the fog of daily life masks His true nature. Distractions confuse us, daily tribulations drag on us, the lies of the enemy defeat us till we can no longer see just how big He is.
So we need to come back to the Revelation account. We need to raise our hands in worship. We need to sing that Revelation Song to be reminded of who God is. He is not a philosopher. He is not a politician. He is not a movie star or a recording star who will be big today and gone tomorrow. He is God.
He doesn’t need to be reminded of that but we do.