Adventure doesn’t end…

Today, we conclude our look at Revelation 7:9-17 allow me to remind you that we are looking at worshippers in Heaven. (If you feel lost you may want to read the two previous blogs) The second group that we are introduced to in the passage is the angels, the four living creatures, and the elders group. This group sings a completely different song. Look with me at verse 12.

12saying:
“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

They sing a song about what they know, have experienced, and have learned of the character and being of God. The song of this group is not as responsive to what God has done but more responsive to who God is. I have a speculation that this song is a song of angels. We are aware that the cosmic battle in which Satan has waged on God is unresolved, unfinished, and leaves no room for forgiveness and redemption of the fallen Angels. Simply stated, the beings that sing this song do not sing that beautiful gospel song that the multitude of victorious saints sings. The angels have not experienced the joys of redemption and restoration; they have experienced God’s character and proclaim His character. Their song involves the proclamation of God as wise, honorable, powerful, and strong. We can learn a great lesson from this population’s song. We can learn of God’s character and we can find the great joy in proclaiming the attributes of God.

Are you proclaiming the character of God to yourself, God, and the world?

In our proclamation of God and His attributes and what He has done, our mind is activated to His great character and work. We begin to see His wisdom, strength, honor, and redeeming love. It is what is known as our Reticular Activating System or our RAS. This is a distinct part of our brain that is activated by the dwelling of our minds.[1] For instance, you have purchased something new, let us say a new car, a new cell phone, a new shirt, or even new shoes. It is inevitable the moment that you drive the car of the lot, wear the shirt, shoes, or talk on your cell phone that you will notice an individual with the exact same item that you now own. My wife and I recently purchased a new car. Before we purchased the car I did not know that this particular car existed, I had never even seen one on the road; however, after buying the car and driving it home I began to notice that many people have this particular car. The exact car that we now owned had been purchased by people everywhere. Have you been there? Has it ever seemed that everyone just went out and purchased a car like yours? I would arrogantly like to suggest that everyone wants to be like me but I know that this is not true. My mind has simply been activated to the cars that I had failed to recognize before. The same is true for us as we praise God for what He has done for us through Jesus and who He is; we become more aware of what He’s done and who He is.

We can draw a similar line from the proclamation of the elder for the benefit of the tribulation saints. Notice in the verses:

15Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.

16Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

The saints sing this song of redemption as a very simple proclamation of the saving work of Christ and the glory due to Him. The actual work that God has done for them is articulated and described in the words of the elder. He shares the special place, passion, privilege, and protection that God will provide for the tribulation saint. This is a strong promise that though they faced difficulty, hardship, and destruction on Earth they would receive the full blessings of dwelling with God day and night, never being hungry, thirsty, burned, or forsaken. They will be guided and comforted by the Lamb and they will live for eternity with Him. This promise of God’s grace, mercy, love, and peace paints a beautiful picture of the work of Christ on the cross and the benefit of praising and worshiping God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds.

Is the cycle of praise activated in your life?

 



[1] Batterson Mark, “The Reticular Activating System”. http://www.evotional.com/2007/06/it-all-comes-back-to-reticular.html

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