(13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
As the Worthy One is revealed, we see a succession of praise breaking forth in honor of Jesus, the slain Lamb, the One that is found to be worthy to open the seven-sealed book. This succession began with the praise of the saints (vs 8-10), followed by the saints and heavenly angels (vs 11-12) and, finally in this section of text, we can see all of creation (including lost mankind) are seen honoring the worthy One.
All of creation is described here as:
- in heaven – astronauts, pilots, sun, moon, stars, birds, flying insects etc
- on earth – all living men, crawling insects, animals, lizards, mountains, streams, rivers, plant-life, fallen angels, Satan etc
- under the earth – miners, wells of water, burrowing animals and insects, bodies of the dead, inhabitants of hell, fallen angels. molten lava, etc
- in sea – fish, lobsters, sailors, whales etc
- all that are in creation – anything and everything that is created by God.
To summarize this great truth, the entire creation of God praises Christ for His greatness and worthiness based upon His person and work…
Php 2:9-11 KJV
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Psa 148:2-13 KJV
Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Folks, the next time we take a walk in the park, mow our yard, work in our garden, run to our cars in the rain, look up into the skies at night (or daytime), go skiing, build a snowman, swim in a lake, have a picnic in a park or even look out our window…. May we all see the Lord, His greatness, power and wisdom in all these areas of nature.
Let’s never take the wonders of God’s creation for granted. Even when we are faced with the hard times of life, all of us have this constant reminder of the greatness of our God in the midst of our suffering, no matter where we may be on earth. The same great God that created all of nature is the same great God that is with His people during the troublesome times of life. If our God can place the stars in the sky and create the beautiful flowers and autumn leaves, we can know assuredly He can do anything required to care for us in the midst of the storms of life!
May we all take just a few seconds today to experience His nature all around us and rest confidently knowing the Creator, Jesus Christ, is with us!
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: