An Advent Reading for Sunday, December 3

Hymn 3, Worthy of Worship

You are worthy … to receive glory, honor and power. Revelation 4:11 NIV

   A related verse, Psalm 95:6 says, “Oh come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” ESV
   The song “Worthy of Worship” shares the attributes of our God, and makes known to us the splendor of who He is. For He is God and there is no other. He is our Father, Creator, Savior, Sustainer, the Master and Lord of our lives, King of kings, our Redeemer, Counselor, Comforter Friend, our Savior and Source of our life without end. Is He not worthy of our praises?
   John tells us in the book of John, chapter 4, that we are to praise Him in spirit and in truth. The truth is the Word of God; the spirit comes when the Holy Spirit dwells within you and you are God’s witness. As we abide in Him, He is in us, filling us with His presence. We cannot be silent for the river of life flows from the hearts of all who believe in Him.
   In Revelation 4 we find ourselves standing in the presence of God. As we look on in amazement, we see how natural it is to worship God. John hears a voice like a trumpet, telling him that God is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. Then a door opens and John hears a voice telling him to enter. As he does so he sees 24 thrones occupied by 24 elders clothed in white robes, each wearing a golden crown. Then he sees four living creatures around the throne. We are told that they do not rest. Day after day, night after night, 24-7, they are constantly proclaiming the greatness of our God. As the story unfolds, we find ourselves before the One who hung on the cross, died and was buried, was raised from the grave, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.
   So what will we be doing when we finally face our God and His Son? As we come to another year of celebrating Jesus’ birthday, let us not forget that the Baby Jesus became a man and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might have newness of life in Him. Let’s not wait until we get to heaven to give God all our praise. For He is indeed worthy of worship.

Sandy Barwick