Adoring Your King
"The kingdoms of this world[will] become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
-Revelation 11:15, emphasis added
In Wednesday's devotional, we saw that in the first century the Roman Empire held triumphal processions and victory ceremonies to honor conquering generals. The apostle Paul had that imagery in mind when he wrote: God . . . always leads us in triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). Jesus is the conqueror of all kingdoms!
Chapter 11- Jesus is worthy of worship as the conquering warrior. When it is announced in heaven that "the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ" (Revelation 11:15), the twenty-four elders "fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: ‘We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned" (11:17). At this point, Jesus is reigning over all!
Make a choice to live in hope: To live in hope, it is vital that you understand three aspects of the nature of true worship: (1) true worship of God must be founded on God's Word (Colossians 3:15-17); (2) true worship of God must be clear of sin (Psalms 66:18); and (3) true worship of God must be Spirit-energized.
All true worship is a spiritual activity that centers on God, not on the human level. As you yield to Him, the Holy Spirit will energize you to adore Christ in all His loveliness-the One who is a multi-faceted diamond in eternal cascading glory. Jesus Christ is our eternal Creator, our Redeeming Savior, our giver of life, our conquering warrior, our crusher of Satan, our just judge, and our Bridegroom, Emmanuel.
A God-honoring way to conclude this wonderful week's visit to the worship center of the universe is to adore Christ's loveliness by worshipfully singing this beautiful song to your King!
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