Dawn WilsonCrosswalk.com Contributing Writer
- 2018Jul 18
Worthy of Praise
Verse: Revelation 5
This passage points to a major shift that is beginning to emerge in redemptive history—the visible reign of Christ on the earth. It represents the culmination of the work of God and the sacrifice and faithfulness of the stewards of God. It is a call to worship. It is a call to walk now in the way of Christ. Says theologian Lee C. Camp:
Worship leads us to become a particular kind of people, a people who reflect the ways of the God we worship. Worship develops, forms, and shapes a particular kind of people. The important question then, who or what are we truly worshiping? The New Testament points us, consistently, to recount the story of a God who has delivered through a crucified Messiah. That storytelling, that recounting of God’s redemptive work in human history, becomes our story, our identity, and our profession of allegiance. In biblically informed worship, we become a part of the people of God who celebrate this way of victory, this way of conquering, this way of defeating enemies. The New Testament celebrates not merely that God has won in Christ, but that God has won in the crucified Christ.
The description of worship given in the book of Revelation illuminates this relation between worship and ethics. The assembly of God’s people, gathered around the throne, giving honor and glory to a slaughtered Lamb, leads to a community of people willing to walk in the way of Christ themselves, trusting that just as God raised a slaughtered Lamb, so shall he raise those who lose their lives in obedience. To ascribe honor to a slaughtered Lamb—unless it be mere lip service—necessarily leads us to obedience to the way of the Lamb. God has conquered, and we praise him. And because he is worthy of our praise, he is worthy—and authoritative—to reveal how faithful followers are to participate in the triumph of God’s purposes in human history.
Worship is an all-encompassing activity. It is being on our face at Christ’s feet, but it is also an attitude, an attention to God that we pay as we do other things. Author Randy Alcorn says that in heaven we will worship in this way:
Scripture says we’ll being doing many other things—living in dwelling places, eating and drinking, reigning with Christ, and working for him. Scripture depicts people standing, walking, traveling in and out of the city, and gathering at feasts. When doing these things, we won’t be on our faces before Christ. Nevertheless, all that we do will be an act of worship … Have you ever spent a day or several hours when you sensed the presence of God as you hiked, worked, gardened, drove, read, or did the dishes? Those are foretastes of Heaven—not because we are doing nothing but worshiping, but because we are worshiping God as we do everything else.
Think About It
•In what ways does Scripture inform your worship?
•Why is God worthy of your praise and worship?
•What do you think heaven will be like?
Act on It
Determine a time when you can focus on sensing the presence of God while you go about a task. Then spend time reflecting on the experience.
This devotion is from the NIV Stewardship Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.
Canada is the home of many popular tourist destinations that range from big, bustling cities to wide, open outdoor spaces. America’s friendly neighbor to the north is well-known for its gorgeous forests and unforgettable winter scenes, but that isn’t all it has to offer. If you would like to explore Canada on a deeper level, and see some things that not everyone has had the good fortune to witness, you will want to put these four hidden gems on your itinerary.
Manitou Lake, Saskatchewan
Billed as “the lake that refuses to let anyone drown,” Manitou Lake in Saskatchewan is one of the saltiest lakes on the planet. It has three times as much salt in it as the ocean, which makes it incredibly dense. This means that anyone can lay on the surface and float with no risk of sinking. It is free to visit and get in the lake, and many swimmers just lie back and float along, reading a book while they relax in the sun. While you’re here, you can also check out the Manitou Springs Resort Spa for around $12 – $16 per day.
Cape Churchill, Manitoba
This one is for the nature lovers. Cape Churchill in northern Manitoba offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for tour groups to visit and observe polar bears in their natural habitat. Photography is encouraged, and some specialty tour groups allow you to follow the bears around during the day in what basically equates to a hotel on wheels. This may be the closest you could ever get to a wild polar bear without being in mortal danger, so it is definitely an expedition that cannot be missed!
Carters Beach, Nova Scotia
When you think of Nova Scotia, you probably think of snow, ice, and big puffy winter coats. Carters Beach, however, is the complete opposite. You won’t have to bundle up at all as you walk barefoot in the soft, white sand and swim in the crystal clear waters of a beach that looks more like it belongs in the Bahamas than in Canada. This beach is technically three crescent-shaped beaches in one, meaning that there is usually plenty of room for visitors to spread out and soak up the sun.
Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut
As the seventh largest island in Canada, you can’t really say that Axel Heiberg Island is “hidden.” Nevertheless, it is home to many incredible secrets and awe-inspiring spots, with features ranging from mountains to tundras to freezing salt springs. As amazing as those things sound, there is actually something even more unbelievable to be found here: a fossilized forest. Some of the wood from this forest has been studied and found to be a mind-boggling 45 million years old, although when it was discovered 50 years ago it was still so well-preserved that it still could have been split and burned for firewood or other purposes. Researchers say that the forest was preserved via a process of “rapid burial in very fine sediments which prevented rotting and petrification,” making this fossilized forest more like a mummified one.