Lent Devotions 2012: Monday 19th March

“…saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!’ And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!’” Revelation 5:12-13

Let’s have a little imagination here – and my word, we will need imagination at full throttle – to grasp this one! The preceding verse to this tells us that there were gathered around the throne the living creatures and the elders, and the voice of many angels numbering myriads of myriads and thousands and thousands was saying with a loud voice… Try and picture this scene in your mind (bet you can’t) and then tune in with the sound. Loud as a football match crowd? Loud as Status Quo on stage and you are standing near the amplifiers? Nah…. Try and think of the pure joy and love that these beings wanted to communicate in their praise and worship of the Lord. They were, by the look of this verse, in pure rapture (and so they should be – they were, after all, in Heaven!). Two verses later, it tells us that the elders fell down and worshipped. I should think they would fall down, confronted by such a force of joy and power emanating all around them. And what was all it about? The Lamb – Christ, a pure and clean innocent thing, being slaughtered without thought or care by men in their own struggle for power. Now Christ reigns supreme in Heaven and over us, having saved us all from our own sins. What joy that His gift gives us – doesn’t it make you want to cry out at your loudest in praise? It should…..

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us our quiet worship of You despite that You give so freely to us with Your love and care and the ultimate sacrifice of Your dear Son. We know that one day we will join the multitude that surround You, giving true praise as only You deserve. May we be ready in our hearts, minds and souls for that glorious day! In Your Son’s name we pray. Amen.