7 Things Angels Can Teach Us About Holy Worship

by | May 26, 2017 | SpiritLed Living

The first thing we can learn from angels regarding worship is that angels adore God alone. The prophet Isaiah was given to see with spiritual eyes what is going on in heaven all the time. (And I cannot deny feeling envious of Isaiah!). He says, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim. Each one had six wings. With two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. One cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory'” (Isa. 6:1-3).

Everything is done out of love for God. Whatever feelings angels may have for us, their priority is the glory of God. The angel standing over you is on God’s side. He is a messenger, and he is for you, but he adores God alone. And nothing will ever divert him from that loyalty.

The second thing is that angels refuse to be worshipped. When John was given his glorious revelation on the Isle of Patmos, he fell at the feet of an angel. Revelation 19:10 says, “I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that. I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.'”

And if this were not enough, John went on to make the same mistake again in Revelation 22:8. And he got the same reaction: “But he said to me, ‘See that you not do that. For I am your fellow servant and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!'” (v.9).

This also teaches us not to be impatient with people who give in to idolatry or do things we don’t approve of, but that the greatest service we can perform is to direct men to God. The angel did not want any recognition or worship. He pointed to Christ—and in that he was like the Holy Spirit. We must always seek to encourage others to worship God. It never does any good to let people admire us too much as sooner or later we will disillusion them.

Third, angels exist to do God’s will. As we have seen, angels are God’s messengers to us, and they reveal God’s will to us. This is why an angel sometimes has to do something that hurts us. When Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, did not believe what the angel Gabriel told him, Gabriel said to him, “And now you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things happen, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their season” (Luke 1:20). And at once, Zechariah was unable to speak. You can’t argue or bargain with an angel: they do what they are ordered to do.

Perfect worship of God consists of doing His will. The depth of our worship is not revealed by how high we raise our hands or how high we jump when we get excited. We worship perfectly when we obey God.

A fourth thing we may learn is that angels never tire of worshipping God. And we too will experience the highest joy throughout eternity in the sheer adoration and worship of God.

Fifth, we can see that angels worship the Lord Jesus Christ as part of the triune God. They worship Him although they do not know the joy of redemption. How much more ought we to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, we, who were lost, hell bound, and hell deserving, but who have been rescued because Jesus took upon Himself the punishment that we deserve and died on a cross? How much more should we fall on our faces and adore Him?

Another thing about angels is that they perceive the true essence of God’s character. They know that God is holy. Moreover, even though they have been in His presence and have been worshipping Him for millions of years, the angels will still show great reverence for God, and they talk to one another about God (Isa. 6:3). Shouldn’t we do the same?

The next thing we can learn is that they perceive the extent of God’s glory in the universe. God’s glory is everywhere. The angels can see what is there and if we could too, our worship would leave us with tremendous confidence, for in the battles we fight, “there are more with us than with them” (2 Kings 6:16-17).

Angels know how to properly resist the devil (Jude 9), and rejoice in the conversion of the lost (Luke 15:10). And so we too should rejoice.

We can learn from angels. And the more we learn, the better we will worship God and the more they will rejoice. Have you ever thought that when we meet with other Christians to worship God, our angels meet together too? The more we worship, the more they rejoice. If we could only see the expressions on their faces, we would know if we are getting our worship right. For that is what we’re after—to become true worshippers so that the glory of God may be acknowledged on earth as in heaven. {eoa}

RT Kendall Worshipping GodAdapted from Worshipping God by R.T. Kendall, copyright 2017, published by Charisma House-Charisma Media/Charisma House Book Group. Our primary call is to worship God by the way we live and all we do. R.T. Kendall shows the true meaning of worship as a way of honoring, glorifying and loving God. To order your copy of this very insightful book, click here.

Prayer Power for the Week of May 28, 2017

This week as the nation pauses to remember and honor those who have sacrificially given their lives in service to protect and secure the freedoms of our present and future generations, remember to pray for the nation’s current leaders. Pray that God’s grace would be upon them and they would have godly wisdom to make the decisions that will affect our nation and the world. Pray for those affected by the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. Lift up our allies and continue to ask God for revival. Isa 6:3; Ps. 34:7; 2 Kings 6:16-17. {eoa}

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest