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29. Creature Praise Songs
Revelation 5.13-14

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!' The four living creatures said, 'Amen,' and the elders fell and worshipped." (Revelation 5.13-14)✞

Heaven and Earth

Red Flowers"Every one of heaven and earth's creatures" praise God, including the birds of the air as they sing out their morning chorus, the pastures' and forests' animals, the oceans' fish and creatures, and every plant, insect, and flower. Recently astronomers have recorded the sounds emanating from the sun. It sings a song of praise to Almighty God. All planet sounds in our solar system can be heard praising God, All Planet Sounds. The sun buzzes in its fiery glory. Mercury sings like a windswept desert. Venus rings like a tolling bell. Mars whispers and clangs in its redness. Jupiter whispers like a muffled xylophone. Saturn sounds out like a plane taking off behind a curtain. Uranus whistles like a kettle in a storm. Neptune is like deep breathing. Pluto comes over like railway wagons in the distance on a rusty track. The moon and stars also join in this grand celebration's unique songs!

Song of Planet Earth!

Singing SunAn exciting documentary about the Sun on Oasis TV recently explained the songs the sun sings! The sun gives off various notes, which combine into a song chorus. In a similar way, but with a different tune, planet earth also sings! Listen to the earth singing!✞

Under the Sea

Ocean ViewThe creature's praise songs even extend to all that is "under the earth and on the sea." Every single creature everywhere and in all of nature joins together to glorify God. Whales click and dolphins whistle in praise. "Fish vocalizations can take a wide variety of forms, including pops, clicks, whistles, purrs, grunts, groans, growls, barks, hums, hoots, rattles, and even tinkles." Scientists have recorded toadfish vocalizations in Honduras like trumpet sounds. The Midshipman fish growls and grunts at other fish. Midshipman fish will also hum throughout the night, trying to induce a female to his nest. "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb" shows creatures praising the Father and Jesus. They share this beautiful and unusual outburst of praise equally and together.

Lamb Praise Songs

Lamb on His ThroneAll creation and every creature worship the Lamb with praise songs and say 'Amen.' The elders fall and worship. The Lamb praise songs reach throughout the universe's vastness and creation's entirety. God and the Lamb are joined together in these praise songs. "To him, who sits on the throne and to the lamb." Nothing could better emphasize Jesus Christ's importance. In creation praise, Jesus is seated with God himself.

Every Creature Worships

ButterflyEvery heavenly creature adds their praise to the Lamb's song. The phrase "every heavenly and earthly creature" gathers all, including the living creatures, the elders, the myriads of angels, and every other heavenly being. It even includes the rocks and mountains, the seas, and the smallest atom in every tiny thing. All creation gives praise to him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb.

Dead Praise The Lamb

Praise Below the EarthAll creation, every creature, and even the dead from Hades praise the Lamb. Even the animals which are "under the earth" and the dead add their praise to God. Hades' dead praise God, which would be something new. "Hades" is the ancient Greek name for "the underworld god." Hades is considered the most feared of all pagan gods, and Homer describes it as "pitiless, loathsome and monstrous." "Hades," is also the name of the dark place Christians consider the dead souls final destination whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life. In the Old Testament, the dead are separated altogether from God and live a shadowy existence. Psalm 6.5 explains, "Among the dead, no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?" Then Psalm 30.9 adds, "What is gained if I am silenced if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?"

Shadowy Existence

HadesPsalm 88.10-12 also questions whether the dead have any God consciousness, "Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise and praise you? Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in destruction? Are your wonders known in the dark place, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?" Destruction is in Hebrew called "Abaddon." The prophet in Isaiah 38.18 adds, "For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness."

Heavenly Creatures Song

Land of the DeadThe heavenly creatures sing the Lamb's worship and him, who sits on the throne. The elders fall, even those from beyond death. Here is a Revelation vision sweeps everything else away. Not even the land of the dead "under the earth" is beyond the risen Christ's reign. Even from beyond death, they hear the heavenly creatures song to him. Here is an all-inclusive response of "every creature in heaven and on earth" that is nature's whole praising God. Revelation 5.3 brings a similar reaction, "But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it." The NIV Study Bible reminds us that this is "a phrase used to express the universal proclamation - no creature was worthy."

"Creature Praise Songs"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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