Thursday May 12, 2005
Worthy of Our Praise
The Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise—not only because of everything He has done for us, but also because of who He is. In John’s vision, vast multitudes of angels surround the throne in heaven, singing, “Worthy is the Lamb!" The early Christians needed to be reminded that Jesus, the Lamb, is worshiped constantly in heaven as He reigns over all. From this glimpse into the heavenlies, it was clear that the Lord rules over earthly kings—including the emperor Domitian, who was set on destroying followers of Christ. Like other Roman emperors, he wanted to be worshiped as god, so he felt threatened by the believers’ faith.
All throughout Scripture, the Lord has made it clear that He alone is God. Because of Daniel's prophetic interpretation of a dream, King Nebuchadnezzar was warned that he would be humbled in order to recognize that “the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest of men" (Daniel 4:17). Indeed, this ruler—who was possibly the most powerful in all history—learned that the King of heaven is worthy of all praise and honor, "for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride" (v. 37).
One day, all creation will bow before Jesus and confess that He alone is Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11) But we have the joy of worshiping Him right now. We can also pray that, like Nebuchadnezzar, those who have been given great power would receive revelation of who Jesus truly is.
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