And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created."
Revelation 4:9-11 (NASB)
In the book of Revelation there are 7 songs of worship, and none of them are about us; they're ALL about He who sits on the throne. Not only are they all about God, but we can find so much encouragement in any one of them. We know from scripture that all that's going on in Heaven is loud praise, humble worship, and the giving of thanks. No preaching, no praying; that's for down here. Today's passage is such a beautiful picture of total worship. The four living creatures are giving Him glory; the 24 elders are taking off their crowns and falling down before the throne giving Him glory. What if we turned verse 11 into our prayer? What if we began our prayers with "Worthy art Thou, our God"? What if that's all we said in prayer - "Worthy!" What if, instead of asking God for something all the time, we just prayed verse 11 back to Him? When things aren't going right and we feel like God is distant, I challenge all of us to just speak God's worth to Him; that He's worthy to receive the glory and honor because He made everything. That's good news to the person reading this who has more questions than answers. Begin to sing out of your heart this song of worship to God; He'll respond.