"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father —to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen." Revelation 1:5-6 (NIV)
This scripture in the book of Revelation reveals that it is God that is worthy to be praised. Amidst the testimonial words we hear how God’s plan is fulfilled through Jesus and the language of praise and worship shouts with exuberance from John.
We see even in his greetings to the churches John cannot help but add a note of praise.
H. A. Ironside explains the reason why:
“John’s heart was full and could hold back no longer. Adoration and praise were the spontaneous result of Christ’s person and offices as Prophet, Priest, and King.
Then John heralds the glad news of his coming again. He is going to return—not as a babe, born of woman, but as the glorified one descending from heaven. John speaks for all the church when he cries with rapture, ‘So shall it be! Amen’ (Revelation 1:7).
He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the ending; he created all things; he will wind up all things and will bring in the new heavens and the new earth. He is, and was, and is the coming one. May our hearts be occupied with him, and his return be ever for us ‘the blessed hope’!”
"while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13 (NIV)
What better way to begin a praise than Charles Wesley’s great hymn:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy Name.
Glory to God, and praise, and love
Be now and ever given
By saints below and saints above,
The Church in earth and heaven.
Do we start and end our day with praises to our creator Abba Father?
When we see people hurting and broken, do we cry out to our Father for his compassion and healing?
When our pastor suggested that we start and end each day before God and in Gods’ Word, did we take it to heart?
Do we realize God is about Relationships, Reconciliation, and Restoration (Jeramiah 29)?
For me, I like to include Jesus throughout my day, as I go through the day, speaking with him as a friend that is here beside me. I find myself listening to, or reading a devotional each morning. I like to recite Psalms 23 as I lay down for the night. I found that my pastor’s suggestion about opening and closing our day with Jesus Christ is beneficial in helping me grow in my spiritual walk. AMEN