We are worshippers. Everywhere you turn will see people praising things, admiring them. We have an innate need to get caught up in something bigger than ourselves. Praise gives meaning and purpose to our lives, and it puts things in perspective. This week as we look at the final verses of Jude, we are given that kind of perspective.
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SCRIPTURE: Jude 24–25, Revelation 5:6–13
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain … And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, …9 And they sang ua new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 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, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
CONFESSION OF SIN
Creator of Universe, Giver of the Law
Since the creation of the world your invisible qualities—your eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen by us through all you have made.
Yet all of us have sinned and fallen short of your glory.
Hear us now as we silently confess the ways in which we have failed to glorify you as God, and to give you thanks.
Have mercy on us, oh Lord, for the sake of your Son. Amen