In the fervent, resounding chanting of hymns by thousands of angels flourishing in their holy dances, and by the four beasts full of eyes, and by the twenty-four blessed elders casting their crowns beneath the feet of the Lamb of God, the Trinity receives threefold praise eternally.
- Columba, Altus Prosator (Irish, 6th century)
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb..."
- Revelation 5.11, 12
We were made for praise. It is our highest calling to praise our God, not just with our voices, but with all we are and do, every day and moment of our lives. If heaven is our destination, and heaven resounds continuously with praise to the Triune God, then this is what we were made for, and what should focus our thoughts, words, and deeds every day of our lives.
To some this may sound a bit, well, boring. What, nothing to do but praise? Such is the witness of those who do not truly know how to praise the Lord, and who have not experienced the complete sense of fulfillment and rapture that fills the soul and energizes the body when one is emptying himself in praise before the Lord.
God is deserving of all praise, all the time, world without end. The angels and departed saints, and the creation all around us, never tire of praising the Lord. Nor do they ever exhaust the breadth and depth of the praise which are His due. When we join our voices with theirs, we fill a chair in an elect chorus which has the great calling to praise God continuously, and the great privilege of knowing that He is pleased with the songs of praise we bring.
Praise is our calling; praise fulfills us - praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Oh that we might focus our hearts and minds on Jesus exalted and reigning at the Father's right hand, and in the strength of His indwelling Spirit, soar in praise, praise emanating from our souls as the highest value and greatest joy of our lives!
When we praise the Lord like this, we discover our true reason for being, and know the fullness of joy and peace for which we have been redeemed.
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Creation longs to praise the Lord, too, and it is part of our calling to see to it that the redeeming work of Christ reaches to all His creation. Check out today's ReVision.
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