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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 creature in heaven and on earth" praise God including the birds of the air as they sing out their morning chorus, the animals in the pastures and forests, the fish and creatures in the oceans and every plant, insect and flower. Recently astronomers have recorded the sounds emanating from the mighty sun. It sings a song of praise to Almighty God. All planet sounds in our solar system can be heard praising God in this intriguing and beautiful video 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 sounds like deep breathing. Pluto comes over like railway wagons in the distance on a rusty track. The moon and stars also join in this great celebration with their unique songs!

Song of Planet Earth!

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

Under the Sea

Ocean ViewThe creature 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. The phrase "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb" shows how creatures praise the Father and Jesus equally and together. They share this wonderful and unusual outburst of praise.

Lamb Praise Songs

Lamb on His ThroneAll creation and every creature worship the Lamb praise songs, said 'Amen' and praising the Lord. The elders fall and worship. The Lamb praise songs reach throughout the vastness of the universe and the whole of creation. We note in these praise songs that God and the lamb are joined together as one, "To him who sits on the throne and to the lamb." Nothing could better emphasize the importance of Jesus Christ. In the praise of creation, Jesus is set at the side of God himself and in the Holy Trinity.

Every Creature Worships

ButterflyEvery creature in the heavens adds their praise to the Lamb's song. The phrase "every creature in heaven and on earth" gathers up every possible being including the living creatures, the elders, the myriads of angels and every other heavenly being. It even includes the rocks and mountains, the waters of the seas and every tiny thing to the smallest atom. 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 praise the Lamb from Hades as the only God. Even the creatures which are "under the earth" and the dead add their praise to the Lamb. This could mean that the dead who are in Hades praise God, which would be something new. "Hades" is the ancient Greek name for "the god of the underworld." Hades is considered the most feared of all of the pagan gods and which Homer describes as "pitiless, loathsome and monstrous." "Hades" as we use it is also the name of the shadowy place Christians consider the final destination of the souls of the dead whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life. Such is death and Hades. 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 consciousness of God in writing, "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 place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?" Destruction is in Hebrew called "Abaddon" here. 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 in worship of the Lamb and him who sits on the throne. The elders fall even those from beyond death. Here is a vision in Revelation which sweeps everything else away. Not even the land of the dead "under the earth" is beyond the reign of the risen Christ. Even from beyond death, they hear the heavenly creatures song to him. The picture here is an all-inclusive response of "every creature in heaven and on earth" that is the whole of nature praising God. This is a similar response to Revelation 5.3 "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 universality of the proclamation - no creature was worthy."

"Creature Praise Songs"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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