Revelation—Part 7

Revelation 5: 1-5

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

John is given a scroll but isn’t worthy to open it. As he weeps, an elder tells him not to weep because Jesus is worthy to open the scroll. Here we see Jesus called the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David and that he has triumphed which explains why everyone is praising him in chapter 5.

Throughout this chapter and in other chapters of Revelation, we see the Elders praising Jesus. I wonder if we spend enough time praising God, not for the things he does for us but simply because HE IS GOD.

We need to praise God, not just when life goes our way but at ALL times. We need to praise God when we don’t get the miracles we ask for. Praising God will strengthen us, spiritually and physically. Praising God in the bad times gives us hope and strength as well as feeling God’s love toward us.

What are some ways we can praise God? Certainly, praise should be part of our prayer time. We can sing praises to God, whether it’s praise music or the wonderful hymns we grew up on. Music lifts our spirit to God. But prayer and music aren’t the only ways to praise God. We can praise God with our words and our actions.

As we move forward into 2022, let’s make praise a priority in our life.

Any thoughts you’d like to share?

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