Praise’s Perspectives

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David Bahn-Reflections Podcast

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

5:6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a 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!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 1:1-3; 5:6-14 [ESV]

Hawaii Beach Panorama | Oahu, Hawaii | April 2022

I love to look out of the airplane as we pass over new places or flying home happen to fly over our house below. I love looking at the roads and shops, churches and parks below. You can do the same with Google Earth or Apple maps by turning on the satellite feature. But somehow a real-time from-above perspective is more rewarding. It’s fun to see how things relate to each other and which places are actually closer to each other than you might have thought. Seeing things from above allows you a perspective that you just don’t have on the ground. You can even see how cars will meet each other, or that drivers will have to deal with traffic that they have no idea of at that moment.

One of the blessings and benefits of praising God is that of perspective. But it is of a different kind. Praise puts God in his proper place. He is above all. He rules from on high. He is to be honored and glorified. And all things are in his purview.

And we do not reign in that way. We do not rule over all. We are not on high. We do not deserve eternal glory and honor. We do not have all things in our view.

When we praise God, we are reminded of that. It puts things in perspective. If we’re thinking we’re not being treated fairly, we can call on him for justice and mercy. But we cannot call him to account. We answer to him. He does not answer to us. He rules. We are under his reign and rule. 

But listen to these hymns of praise! There is not a matter of mere sovereignty. It’s not just that God is powerful and we are not. These hymns of praise go to the One who has redeemed us. He has ransomed us and make us a kingdom of priests who will reign with him. He is worthy of our praise for who he is. This is such a blessed and welcome relief to the kind of treatment he received when he was on earth 2000 years ago. But that was for a moment. This is an eternal hymn of praise. 

That’s the other manner of perspective we gain from these hymns: His praise is eternal. His glory is never-ending. And our troubles, trials, difficulties, and challenges are temporary. Even if the difficulties we face are life-long, they are not eternal by means of Jesus’ redemption, mercy, and grace. Our troubles will one day end. His reign and rule will never end. 

Praise puts our problems in perspective. Praise puts us in our proper perspective toward God. That’s good to remember, for hope in our trials and humility in our approach to God.

1 comment
  1. I LOOOOVE LOOKING OUT THE AIRPLANE WINDOWS, just as you shared. Being above the clouds when flying on a day which on earth bears the dark dreariness of foul weather is a thrill to my soul and a game changer in my perspective! It’s incredible that I should have this moment’s vision of physical heavenly perspective! I chose the window seat, always! Your post brought instantly to mind that from the window seat we are only onlookers, observers. We can do nothing about what we see down there below the clouds. We might learn a lesson from our observances, but we can effect no change from our window-seat vantage point. But God, who looks on from ANY place, can!!! We must enter the earthly fray, touching, feeling, often groping our way through in order to cause betterment and maybe we’ve done no good at all, but God who sees from this same vantage point is not just a fatherly onlooker. He can simply speak the word and it is done. Whatever HE deems is done! His way! His plan! To His glory! Even so, He saw we needed serious saving and sent Jesus to us into our fray to redeem us! So, Yes, I sing with you these songs of praise. And add this one:
    LSB 790
    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of
    of creation!
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!
    Let all who hear
    Now to His temple draw near,
    Joining in glad adoration!
    2 Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning
    And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
    Have you not seen
    All that is needful has been
    Sent by His gracious ordaining?
    3 Praise to the Lord, who has fearfully, wondrously, made you,
    Health has bestowed and, when heedlessly falling, has stayed you.
    What need or grief
    Ever has failed of relief?
    Wings of His mercy did shade you.
    4 Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
    Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
    Ponder anew
    What the Almighty can do
    As with His love He befriends you.
    5 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in us adore him!
    All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen
    Sound from His people again;
    Gladly forever adore him!

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