And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
Our text, concluding the awesome events leading to the opening of the Seven Seals, carries potent lessons for believers today. Previously, we learned that, as the four seraphim did, sometimes the best thing we can do is to just say “Amen”.
Now we learn the place of silent adoration. We note that the heavenly representatives of the redeemed community, the twenty-four elders, in the end simply respond by falling down in worship before the Throne.
Brethren, while there’s a place for torrents of words and lyrics of praise, sometimes the best thing we can do is to quietly render our humblest adoration and surrender before the Lord. We do so by the physical act of voluntary prostration. Such an expression of worship by abasement “speaks volumes” in its own way. (See also Deut. 9:18,25; Job 1:20; Ezekiel 11:13; Mat 2:11; 18:26; Mark 3:11; 5:33; Luke 5:11).
Beloved, sometimes our profusion of words does more harm than good. Sometimes extravagant chatter mars quality worship. Sometimes excessive blabber clouds the issue. Out-of-place words can interrupt the spiritual atmosphere. Resist the temptation to babble and waffle endlessly in the presence of God. Great worship is not measured by the volume of words!
For the Bible says, “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).