8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
When the Lamb took the scroll, the creatures in heaven fell down and worshipped him. Take note, by the way, that Jesus is worshipped in heaven. Only God is worthy of worship. This, as much as anywhere else, proves that Jesus is truly God and certainly not lower.
The elders have harps and bowls. The harps tell us that they praise and worship Jesus in song. The bowls represent the prayers of God’s children.
Song’s and prayers are ways to worship God. WE sing of God, his glory and might. We sing of who he is and what he has done. WE sing old and new songs, because God is worthy of both.
WE also pray to worship Jesus. Prayer is one way that you can clearly and honestly portray that you are lower and God is higher, that you are weaker and God is stronger. When you pray, you show that you are dependent on God, that you trust him, that you cannot accomplish anything without him. Do you offer God this worship regularly?
The people in heaven praise Jesus because he is the one who is worthy to take the scroll and open its seals. Jesus is the one who is worthy and able to accomplish all that God has planned from before the dawn of time. Jesus was able to accomplish God’s plan through his identity as the Son of God and through his death and resurrection. Jesus is worthy of all our praise. He is worthy of all our lives.