WHAT GOD SHOULD RECEIVE FROM US
Revelation 4:11 says "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and for they pleasure, they are, and were created."
"Glory." Credit and praise and recognition for Who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
"Honor." A demonstration(s) of the giving of that credit and praise. In the past people use to say "Hip, hip hooray" or sing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" to honor a person. Today we sing "Happy Birthday" to a person to honor on the anniversary of that person's birth. We honor other people by giving speeches, awards, plaques, trophies, and sometimes valuable gifts/presents. At the end of the World Series they gave the Most Valuable Player award and also a brand new truck to one player. Some people have been given ticker tape parades down major boulevard's before thousands of people. We should give God by bowing our head before Him in prayer; kneeling before Him in prayer; prostrating ourselves before Him in worship! We should give Him honor by serving Him through giving, through doing good works, through enthusiastically testifying to what great things He has done in the ancient past, in the present, and what He will do in the future, and what He has done in our own lives!
"Power." God is omnipotent, already has all power, so we are not giving Him power to increase the power He already has. No, we are giving Him glory and honor with power; not quietly but loudly; not in secret or privately, but publicly, not with restraint but with enthusiastic energy and force; not with three Cub Scouts pulling them in red wagons, but with large floats and Cadillac convertibles.
Revelation 5:12 says "Saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." Again, this is not speaking of the power and riches and wisdom, etc. that He already and has always possessed, but that which comes from us. We are to recognize Him powerfully. We are to give Him riches, that which is valuable; our love, our loyalty, our service, our worship. We are to give Him the wisdom we use in exalting HIM rather than in exalting ourselves; in putting HIM supreme over everything. We are not to worship Him weakly, but with all our "STRENGTH". Again, we are to honor Him and give Him glory as was explained in the commentary on Rev 4:11. Then Rev 5:12 ends with our giving God "blessing." This is declaring our well-wishes for God; our desire that all these good things spoken of here come to reality for and upon Him.
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