Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honor, and glory, and blessing.
… Blessing and honor, and glory and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Many of you have heard Handel’s Messiah presented live – at least parts of it. The full work has fifty-two pieces, and takes about two and a half hours to perform. As glorious and inspiring as it is, let me assure you (as a member of the chorus) it is also exhausting. Yet, we come to these final words – this big finish – and we give it our all, a sacrifice of praise, because He is worthy. He needs nothing – He is complete and perfect in Himself. But this one thing we can give Him – our praise.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.