Have you ever been a part of a large gathering of believers singing praise to God? Every February in Chicago, the Moody Bible Institute hosts a free Bible conference called Founder’s Week. When God’s Word is preached and hundreds of voices sing in unison, I think that I am experiencing a very small glimpse of what heaven must be like. But even this experience pales in comparison to what John describes in Revelation 5.
Jesus the slain Lamb appears, the only One worthy to open the scroll. A small chorus of the four living creatures and twenty-four elders began to sing His praise (vv. 8–10). John then saw “ten thousand times ten thousand” angels join this miraculous chorus. They encircled the throne of Jesus, as well as the living creatures and elders. This spectacular sight added to the worthiness of why Jesus alone could open the scroll and its significance (vv. 11–12). Finally, John tells us it will be our turn! You and I will one day join this astounding chorus, “every creature in heaven and on earth” (v. 13). And this is just the beginning. Together, we will worship Him through all eternity.
Even though this is the end of our study of “one another” in the Bible, Revelation 5 reminds us that we will be worshiping as one forever and ever! Being united in worship is a powerful experience, and we must never forget that Jesus is the only One who can ultimately bring us together. Worshiping our King together is a gift, and one that we will not only enjoy in eternity but can also experience today.
>> In today’s modern worship services, with dimmed lights and amplified music, it can be easy to fall into the role of observer. But God takes pleasure in our worship, and each of us are called to participate. This coming Sunday make an effort to sing along with fellow believers, worshiping our King!
“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:1–3).