Daily Devotional – Adoration and Praise

5. The Triumphant Lamb We Worship (Revelation 5:1-14)
“Adoration of the Lamb,” by Jan van Eyck (1432), oil on wood, Ghent altarpiece, Cathedral of St. Bavo, Ghent.

Revelation 5


Adoration and Praise

Before we delve into Chapter 5 we need to address the issue of why God is worthy of Adoration and Praise, as well as what the differences between the tow are.

The bible is full of references to God’s worthiness to be Worshiped and Praised, Psalm 145:3, being just one example. When we consider as a whole the Love, Mercy, Sacrifice (Calvary) and Promises of God no other god is more worthy or even in the same conversation. God’s divine attributes and accomplishments, His ongoing providence for His elect warrant an esteemed response (Adoration and Praise) with solemn purpose. 

The Life of true holiness is rooted in the soil of awed adoration -J. I. Packer

A child of God should be a visible beatitude for joy and happiness, and a living doxology for gratitude and adoration. – C.H. Spurgeon 

People only have true understanding when they look at everything from God’s perspective. Authentic wisdom begins when we understand that God is to be the object of our devotion, our adoration, and our reverence. – R.C. Sproul

Adoration is; The act of paying honors to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a God While Praise is, The expression of gratitude for personal favors conferred; a glorifying or extolling.

The differences are subtle, Adoration infers a intense reverence while Praise is an expression of approval.  Some of you are questioning Praise teams and such at this moment. Adoration and Worship are closely linked while the two are different from Praise.

 Confused yet 🤷‍♂️. Praise is the joyful recounting of all God has done for us. It is closely intertwined with thanksgiving as we offer back to God appreciation for His mighty works on our behalf. Worship, however, comes from a different place within our spirits. Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. The following article may help in understanding: “What is the difference between praise and worship?”


CONTEXT

Okay, all that to get to Rev Chapter 5 and our actual text for today v.11-13. If we needed further evidence that God was worthy of Adoration and Praise the bible tells clearly the day is coming when all creation will do just that.

v.11 – And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

v.12 – Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

v.13 – And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

The fours beast and 24 elders v.8 fall down before the lamb of God (Christ) and begin singing a new song of adoration and praises to Christ Jesus proclaiming His worthiness to execute righteous judgement v.9.

Verse 11, begins the response of the unfathomable number of angels to the song by the beasts and elders. They cry out in unison v.12 Worthy and deserving is the Lamb that was sacrificed to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” (AMP).  Soon they are join by all creation, And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,

It is matter of joy to all the world, to see that God deals with men in grace and mercy through the Redeemer. He governs the world, not merely as a Creator, but as our Saviour. The harps were instruments of praise; the vials were full of odours, or incense, which signify the prayers of the saints: prayer and praise should always go together. Christ has redeemed his people from the bondage of sin, guilt, and Satan. He has not only purchased liberty for them, but the highest honour and preferment; he made them kings and priests; kings, to rule over their own spirits, and to overcome the world, and the evil one; and he makes them priests; giving them access to himself, and liberty to offer up spiritual sacrifices. What words can more fully declare that Christ is, and ought to be worshipped, equally with the Father, by all creatures, to all eternity! Happy those who shall adore and praise in heaven, and who shall for ever bless the Lamb, who delivered and set them apart for himself by his blood. How worthy art thou, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of our highest praises! All creatures should proclaim thy greatness, and adore thy majesty. – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 


APPLICATION

There are many ways in which we can daily show Adoration and Praise to God> Here are just a few: 

Our Actions: Do all to the Glory of Christ,  Colossians 3:23

Get Involved: Help the least of these in your community, Matthew 25:31-46

Share the Gospel:  The uncompromised Gospel, not your testimony the Gospel, Matthew 28:18-20

Study: to show yourself approved and worthy of being a servant of the Lord, 2 Timothy 2:14-19

Pray: Be in the mindset to rejoice and pray in every circumstance, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  especially when it comes to the Adoration of God: 

Introduction to Adoration

Of the First Part of Prayer, which is Address to God, Adoration of Him, with Suitable Acknowledgements, Professions, and Preparatory Requests

My spirit being composed into a very reverent and serious frame, my thoughts gathered in, and all that is within me charged in the name of the great God carefully to attend the solemn and awful service that lies before me and to keep close to it, I must, with a fixed attention and application of mind and an active lively faith, set the Lord before me, see his eye upon me, and set myself in his special presence, presenting myself to him as a living sacrifice, which I desire may be holy and acceptable to God and a spiritual service; Romans 12:1(ESV) and then bind this festal sacrifice with cords up to the horns of the altar, Psalm 118:27(ESV) in such thoughts as these:

Let me now lift up my heart, with my eyes and hands, to God in heaven. Lamentations 3:41(ESV)

Let me rouse myself to take hold of God, Isaiah 64:7(ESV) to seek his face, Psalm 27:8(ESV) and to ascribe to him the glory due his name. Psalm 29:2(ESV)

Unto you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1(ESV)

Let me now with confidence enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for me through the curtain, that is, through his flesh. Hebrews 10:19-20(ESV)

Let me now attend to the Lord with undivided devotion, 1 Corinthians 7:35(ESV) and let not my heart be far from him when I draw near to him with my mouth and honor him with my lips. Isaiah 29:13(ESV)

Let me now worship God, who is spirit, in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 4:23-24(ESV)

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/09/2020

Thanksgiving: Psalm 30 – July 5, 2020 – Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

PSALM 33

PRAISE or WORSHIP 

The obvious context, PRAISE, of this Psalm is found in the opening verses 1-3 where the writer implores the people (righteous ones)  to Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with the harp… Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.

Why praise and not worship, is there a difference. Many in modern evangelical circles think not, I disagree.  Take a moment to look at the two definition links in the last sentence.  I hope you can se the difference, Praise is an expression of approval or admiration in this case of the Lord.  Worship on the other hand while it can include praise,  is an expression of adoration and reverence.  Expressing our gratitude “Thank you Jesus” when we narrowly escape a predicament is Praise not Worship.  

Most churches begin with some form of “Worship” in fact many morning services are called “Worship Services” in the bulletins. Just as many churches have varying forms of worship services. Worship doesn’t mean “to lift your hands” or “bow your kneels” you can not show me that in the book.  For me that is the issue, God. The bible says that praise comes from the mouth Hosea 14:2 and worship from the heart Luke 6:45. 

So I am convinced that we should follow the biblical principles for life at all times. If you are a True born again Christian that should not seem an unreasonable thought to you.  How does that apply here, glad you asked, there are two types of “worship” generally accepted in modern evangelical churches.  They are the Normative Principle of Worship and the Regulative Principle of Worship.  The easiest way I have ever had it explained was the NPW says if its not in the bible its okay while the RPW says only stuff in the bible is okay.  

For those inquiring minds, I hold to the RPW, for a variety of reasons my main one being the fact that just because the bible does not explicitly command us not to does not mean we should,  All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]  1 Corinthians 10:23.  I am always afraid or at least overly cautious of what corrupt things man can bring into God’s house. 


What is the difference between praise and worship?

What is it to praise God?

What is Christian Worship?

Regulative vs. normative principle of worship—which viewpoint is correct?

The Regulative Principle of Worship by 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/01/2020

Praise God now and experience His power! Amen.

PSALM 22 

PRAISING GOD

Many modern translations of the bible have headings and my Amplified Bible haA Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise for Psalm 22, the CSB has From Suffering to Praise and the NKJV The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah. All are appropriate titles, but I think the NKJV captures the entirety of the Psalm. 

 This Psalm clearly written by David begins with maybe the most tormented cry ever My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?  Luke 16:19-31 gives us but a small glimmer of what it must be like to be separated from God, to have Him truly forsake us.  Imagine the despair David must have felt v.1-2 as he feels God has abandoned him.  I will not get into the clear Messianic overtones of this Psalm today. 

Yet even in his despair, David makes a remarkable declaration, v.3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Another way of saying this might be ‘You are The Holy Holy, the One who can be found where Israel raises it’s voices in praise.’ 

In the midst of the worst of troubles Davis recognizes God is still worthy of all the Glory and Praise that can be heaped upon Him.  He makes this abundantly clear in v.22; I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

The question today is what are you doing? Are you on that mountain praising God great, hopefully you are just as prepared and willing to praise Him in the valley’s of life too. 

 

Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day 2020 may be best (or worse) remembered for COVID-19 and no large family gatherings. Regardless we at FSM and FSMWO want to wish all mother’s

List Mother's In The Bible | ... Proverbs 31:28-31) - Nashville ...

Dadle del fruto de sus manos,
Y alábenla en las puertas sus hechos. (RVR 1960)

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY –17 & 18 August

GOD AS A FRIEND OR ENEMY

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother – Proverbs 18:24

He was turned to be their enemy – Isiah 63:10

God is the sweetest friend, but the worst enemy. – Thomas Watson

I would rather be in hell with God than in heaven without him, and it were far safer for me. – John Trapp

COMMENDATION

The praise of them that do well – 1 Peter 2:14

Now I praise you, brethren … but … 1 Corinthians 11:2,3

Only a Christian of strong grace can bear the strong wince of commendation without the spiritual intoxication of pride. – William Jenkyn

To commend a man with ‘but’ is a wound instead of a commendation. – John Trapp

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. The topics are
“GOD’S FAITHFULNESS” And “GOD’S ETERNAL DECREES”

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING*

May 6

Psalms 55:17
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Table grace was originally intended to help people turn their attention to God. The meals we share are a gift from God, and He is to be thanked, but we are also to reflect on the many other good things we are given. By praying morning and noon and night, we cover our day with a knowledge of God’s presence and abiding love. We should take every opportunity to sing praises to God for all that He has done. Take time to pray. Make time to share your life with God.

Prayer: Father, I get so busy that I sometimes forget to be as appreciative as I ought to be. Help me to be thankful and attentive to the many gifts You have given me. All through the day, I will praise you. Amen.

From: www.crosswalk.com

{* today’s devotion is a very good explanation of the oft misunderstood verse 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It should be obvious that one cannot go around verbally praying, crying out to God, every moment of the day. I can assure you that would get you a checkup from the neck up. Paul and the writer of Psalm 55 (David?) are telling us to be in a constant state of readiness for both praise and supplication. At a moment’s notice we should be able to thank God for the blessings of and petition him for the needs of life.  Mike}

 

wisdom-frrom-the-psalms

Psalms 23:5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoitest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Some people never find satisfaction in the things they do have, but spend their entire lives wishing for things they don’t have. They are never happy with where their lives are going, they feel empty in their relationships, and therefore they find it impossible to give thanks for the many blessings they have been given.

As Christians, we are people of praise. Every prayer we offer unto God should acknowledge the many wonderful things that He has done for us. Only a blind person can deny the beauty and splendor of this world. God gives good things to His children, and we should be thankful for all that we have.

Prayer: Lord, I cannot believe how much I have been given. Help open my eyes to the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me. Make me thankful, Lord. Amen.

As found on crosswalk.com

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer Requests 04 May 2014

PRAYER

Inmate Requests

Sean’s daughter health and healing after miscarriage

Will asks prayer for his release, a job upon release, his family, the homeless, the lost and all the victims of the recent tornadoes

Bobby asks, all the sick and shut ins, his family, the officers, his release and walk with God, the ministry at HCHC

Clayton asks, pray for his son, his son’s mom and step dad, his release, a job and a Christian environment to live in, his family

A nameless inmate asks, for spiritual guidance and strength in overcoming battles as he is going through some tough times.

Ronnie asks, prayer for his mom who is seriously ill and his sister, for the staff at HCHC, for his parole, all the inmates also

Another asks prayers for his Aunt Ramona who has been diagnosed with cancer and Aunt Melody who is getting divorced

Willie asks, prayer for his family especially his wife and kids; a favorable parole hearing in July

Robert asks, pray he can find a good place to go when released in Sept.

Clifton asks, prayer for his fellow inmates, peace and all manner of evil on the block be removed, for all the tornado victims of MS, and for God’s will to be done in all our lives.

Gary L. who has just been released to have a successful transition into society

Tony D. who is having a tough time getting good legal representation.

Andy who is battling illness

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for Pete a volunteer from Atlanta who was seriously injured on the job Friday. He is back home recovering.

Pray for Ms. B. and her continued battle with heart issues

Praise for Mr Sam’s good news that his cancer is in remission

Shayna who is expecting twins

Mr David and Ms Doris traveling to Arkansas

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray for the ministry work at Hancock County Jail

Continued healing prayers for:

Rich B. and his continuing health issues

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Employment for;

Robert O., Aimee, and others

Fellow Ministries

Springfield (MA) Rescue Mission

Come and celebrate the graduation of Ken and David on May 6th.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

Please pray God will continue His divine providence over this ministry and provide the funds needed to finish the construction projects and run the school.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry.

Prison Fellowship’s Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please prayer for the financial well-being of this organization

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

True Freedom Outreach New Zealand, ministering to Kanater Prison Egypt

Dear Friends of the Kanater Ministry,

I am attaching the new newsletter, which I hope you can download all right.

The printer sent it in a different format.

May God bless each of you out of his abundance, and also the men and women we care for in Kanater.

With love in Christ, and thanks for your ongoing involvement in prayer and in giving,

Jeanette Grimmer

(For a copy of the entire newsletter and prayer needs email us)

Missionaries

Campus Crusades for Christ – Ben and Becky Rivera

Thank you for your prayers. Becky saw another woman at the pregnancy center pray to trust Christ and keep her baby! A great double victory. Looks like I will be opening 2 and possibly 3 new campus ministries in the next couple of weeks. God is moving. Blessings, Ben