Praise to the Lamb

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 5:11-14

Then I looked, and I heard . . . the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads

and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain”

(vv. 11-12).

The worship which John overhears of the four living creatures and the twenty-four
elders is only a faint prelude. A vast host of angels surrounding them and the throne
begins to sing. They number 10,000 times 10,000 and thousands of thousands. Every one of
them is singing now with full voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power
and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

But even that isn’t all. Now John hears the whole cosmos singing: “every creature in
heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea and all that is in them.” All
join the mighty chorus: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and
honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

At this the four and the twenty-four who sounded the first notes are utterly overcome.
The four living creatures say “Amen,” and the elders fall down and worship. All this, John
learns, is going on in heaven now.

What wonder this inspires in us! And what questions! Here’s one: if ceaseless praise to
Christ is heaven’s song, how can we echo that on earth? Here’s another: if all heaven sees
Jesus’ saving sacrifice as incomparably the greatest event in history, shouldn’t the same
conviction master our hearts?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, we worship you! Nothing compares with your self-giving love. Amen.