“Worthy is the Lamb.”
These are some of my favorite words in all of the Bible. The truth contained in that four word phrase from Revelation 5:12 is powerful, eternal, awe-inspiring, all-encompassing, and offers us a timeless definition of what worship is all about. Say it out loud, to Him, right now — “Worthy is the Lamb!”
What’s He worthy of? Well,…everything!
Because He is the Creator — not just the assembler of existing things, but the originator of all things, and has chosen to create us to love and serve Him, giving each of our lives unique purpose and the incredible privilege of being able to let Him live in us, which brings praise to His Name — He is worthy of our full attention, obedience, time, energy, and every resource within our grasp.
Because He is always right — not just correct, but upright, righteous, honorable, just, completely true and incontrovertibly wise — He is worthy of all honor and glory, worthy to be obeyed and magnified.
Because He is love personified — not just good, but goodness itself, unendingly merciful, gracious, wonderful, and kind — He is worthy of our unbridled expressions of deep, deep love and adoration.
Because He is our Redeemer — not just someone who bought us for a price, but the innocent Lamb Who in His flawless perfection took our place, dying the death we deserved to die, delivering us from darkness and translating us into the glorious light of His eternal Kingdom — He is worthy of all praise, glory, honor and thanks, in the form of whispers, shouts, whistles, songs, tears, applause, leaps, [endless list]
Because His worth is immeasurable, incomprehensible, and everlasting, the worship He is worthy of is also. Think about that for a moment — what God is really worthy of being given can never be completely satisfied, or exhausted, or come to an end. He is so glorious, so magnificent, so holy and without flaw that all His creation proclaiming and demonstrating Who and how He is 24 hours a day for eternity can’t even come close to representing Him fully!
That’s why the twenty-four elders in Revelation keep casting their crowns at His feet and falling down before Him. They are in constant awestruck wonder at every new aspect of His person, character, and nature that He is revealing! That’s the singular aim of God — to continually reveal Himself, His limitless glory, throughout all worlds to all creatures.
Rev 5:8 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 5:9 And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
Rev 5:10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Rev 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,
Rev 5:12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
Rev 5:13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
Rev 5:14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
There’s so much more to be said about this, and how foundational an understanding of the infinite worth of God is to the concept and practice of worship. Yet, there’s enough in these scriptures to keep my knees bowed and my mouth proclaiming His praise for all eternity.
Worthy is the Lamb!