Revelation 5 (NIV)
5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
11 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.12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
In Revelation 5, we see John’s revelation of heaven’s throne room is a striking picture of true praise. The place explodes with worship and adoration for Jesus Christ. Those present, the elders and “many angels” (v. 11), are motivated to sing of their love for Christ, because they know who He is. He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (vv. 9, 12). We also know this from looking at the Book of John:
John 1:29 (NIV)
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus is also the Lion of Judah (v. 5), the only one worthy to judge the earth and bring forth its renewal. Jesus is wonderful, and these men and celestial beings cannot resist saying so.
What motivates you to worship? Shouldn’t the reason for lifting our hands and voices be to praise our Savior for who He is? To do that, we must take the time to know Him. Opening the Bible only on Sundays and praying sporadically just aren’t enough. We have to commit ourselves to discovering Him through regular Bible study, prayer less focused on ourselves, and service to His kingdom.
Once believers have glimpsed a side of Christ’s character that is bigger and more amazing than they realized before, a yearning to know more develops. They hunger and thirst for God in their lives because only the Lord can satisfy. We see this in the Book of Matthew:
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
It is in worship that the believer’s heart is filled.
I know that this has been the case in my own person life. After I stepped over the faith line, I developed this huge hunger to know God better. I started reading my Bible regularly, praying every day, and even giving more freely of my time and money to help others. I found that my whole life was transformed. As I developed my relationship with God, He began transforming me from the inside out. That change would not have happened if I had not developed that stronger relationship. If I had kept my relationship with God casual, I would not have seen the transformation that I did.
Praise is part of the cycle: Learn more of God’s character, love Him more deeply, worship and serve Him better, and receive spiritual fulfillment. Amazingly, even as we are satisfied, we crave more of God’s presence in our life. And so we dig into His Word for more and more and we begin the cycle again.
If you are someone who does not feel real close to God, I would encourage you to try to really focus on developing a closer relationship with Him. Have the discipline to follow some steps to get there. Read your Bible regularly. Study it and do what it says. Pray to God regularly. Serve God by serving those around you. Make Love be your default. Don’t wait! Start this week! Your life can be so much more than it currently is, but you have to make the decision to start the change. It starts with you, but God will finish it in a way that you can’t even imagine!