My Grace-Full Life

5.26.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Non-Stop Worship and Praise

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• If Scarlett O’Hara had eaten what I had for supper last night… she’d never be hungry again. I’m still full. 

Since NC restaurants have reopened, I surprised my husband with belated birthday reservations to our favorite steakhouse. It’s a huge splurge for us to eat there, so we don’t go often. But it’s always treat when we do. Between the food, service, and ambiance—it’s an experience.

Do you know that feeling? When you are filled to the point of overflowing? It’s not always because you just devoured a perfectly cooked filet mignon! What about when you’re filled with God’s presence? 

If you’ve ever experienced it (and I hope you have!), it’s indescribable. You feel small and unworthy but overcome with joy and gratitude. Your worship takes on a whole new level and yet, you’re left standing in awe of His majesty. And you think, “This is how I want to feel for the rest of my life.”

But eventually, just as we eventually get hungry again, so do we go back to business as usual. It is a reminder that in this fallen, broken world, those moments of overwhelming worship aren’t ongoing.

Yet.

Someday, they will be. When we are in heaven, that’s exactly what we’ll experience—the euphoria of eternal worship to our Lord and Savior!

We see many passages in the Bible about worshipping God as an ongoing act. And we should! Read any letter by the Apostle Paul in scripture and you’ll see that it’s very possible to purposefully and willfully make praise and worship a part of every moment in life, no matter our situation. After all, Paul wrote some of the most hopeful words under the most horrible of circumstances. 

Switching gears to John’s writing and his vision of heaven… I’ve always found Revelation 4:8 fascinating. It says, “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” Beyond my imagination’s feeble attempt to try to picture what these four creatures must look like, they repeat praise to God over and over… and a few verses later, the 24 elders are said to follow these creatures by casting crowns before God and saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

We’re going to be a part of that! One day, our worship will be ongoing and never ceasing. We’ll never grow tired of offering praise and worship to our Savior!

So my challenge today is… why wait? Paul wrote that we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). So why not make it a goal to praise Him all day, every day?! And in the world we live in now—doing so will help bring peace over panic, faith over fear, and calm the tumultuous sea of anxiety that is threatening to overwhelm many of us.

Today, as you pray, thank God for being worthy of eternal praise. Thank Jesus that someday, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Isaiah 45:23)! Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with a spirit of worship that seeks to praise Him in all things and circumstances.

SHARING ••• Please share with others! Visit www.MyGraceFullLife.com to read past blogs. ***Unless noted otherwise, all Scripture references are from the ESV translation.

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