Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Luke 2:13-14 (AMP)
Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”
Luke 2:13-14 (MSG)
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
“Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” -AMPLIFIED
Most of us know the story of Jesus’ royal birth-announcement. The shepherds where on the side of a hill outside of Bethlehem watching and caring for their sheep. An angel appears to them bringing good news of great joy! The angel shares his message and then we find that suddenly the whole sky is filled with angels; praising God and saying, “To the highest heights of the universe, glory to God! And on earth, peace among all people who bring pleasure to God!” (VOICE)
This praise and worship of the Almighty One is just a foreshadowing of what is to come. The Apostle John paints an amazing picture for us of what he saw in his vision of Heaven. “Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” -Revelation 4:9-11 (NIV)
John goes further in describing this worship of the Lamb in chapter 5; “I looked again. I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, the Animals, and the Elders—ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song: The slain Lamb is worthy! Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength! Take the honor, the glory, the blessing! Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing: To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb! The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength, For age after age after age. The Four Animals called out, “Oh, Yes!” The Elders fell to their knees and worshiped.” -Revelation 5:11-14 (MSG)
Worship is a key component in our relationship with the Holy One. The Bible speaks over and over again of the worship of God. In fact, we were created for this very purpose. Worship entails three parts, submission to God, service to God and the celebration of God. Its purpose is to glorify God, edify our fellow-believers and to evangelize a lost and dying World. So the question we must ask ourselves is; are we committed to worship the Almighty One, as we have been created to do?
“The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.” ~ Billy Graham
“Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” -Romans 14:11 (NIV)
Lord, I worship you for who you are and for what you have done! You are Worthy and worthy of all praise. I will lift up my voice with all of Creation to praise you; for you are awesome! Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, are just a few of your Names. Lord, I lift my heart and voice up to you in praise; for you are my God!