5. Then from the throne there came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you servants of His, you who reverence Him, both small and great!” Amp.
Praise -d) to commend the worth of; to express approval of; glorify.
Reverence -d) a feeling or attitude of deep respect, love and awe.
Servants -d) a person ardently devoted to another or to a cause or creed, etc.
Ardent -d) glowing; beaming; passionate; vehement; eager.
This is right before Jesus returns on that white horse. Verse 6 says, “sounds like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves and like the roar of terrific and mighty thunderpeals, exclaiming, Hallelujah –praise the Lord!”
This is what is expected of us when we are told to Praise our God! Is that what happens in your Church during the worship service? Are the people truly giving off the praises He deserves? Do they get excited about being allowed to come together with other servants and rejoice in one accord? Or is it a burden to even stand and lift their hands to Him? Is there a shout brewing a thunderclap within their hearts that arises with exploding joy causing their feet to jump and their hands to clap?
If there is no excitement in their midst, then there is sin in the house. We come into His presence with thanksgiving in our hearts and into His courts with praise. We must begin with a thankful heart. We have been blessed in this country to worship without any hindrances. Some countries do not have it so blessed. We always can find something to be thankful for in the midst of any trial or affliction.
Then we come into His courts with praise. We are to get excited about the Lord and all that He is. We must learn to focus our thoughts on Jesus and all of His goodness. This should bring a shout of praise to our mouth and flow throughout and set our feet dancing with such great joy. Then how can we not shout our “Hallelujah’s!” This is what the Lord wants us to do and is also our safety and defense, Ps.5:11.
And yet if we do it in Church, are we accepted and loved or judged and rejected? As time gets closer to the end, the Lord’s presence will grow stronger and stronger in His servants, the Holy remnant. They will be known by the joy that flows and the praise they cannot contain. It will be contagious. But it will try to be quenched by those who are in sin. But the thunderpeals will rise up and be seen and heard.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits. Amp.