He is worthy
Worthy means deserving.
2 Samuel 22:4 “I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
(This is repeated in Psalm 18:3)
This is David, when he had been delivered out of the hands of those that sought to keep him from fulfilling God’s purpose to become king of Israel.
There had been those who mocked….there had been those who sought his life….and there had been those who betrayed his goodness….yet the Lord saved him, from them.
David does not say…..
….”I will call on the Lord, and be saved from my enemies…and then I will praise the Lord.”
No, he pauses in his prayer, and acknowledges that the Lord is worthy….deserving his trust and praise.
(It is very odd to me that the “worthy” is not in the gospels or the epistles….except to exhort that we be worthy of Him and His call to us….
…that we do not hear of “worthy” again….until up in heaven…after the rapture, when all the church, and angels…will once again exclaim: He is worthy!
Real “worship” is worthy-ship….counting Him worthy of our all in our lives…but I wonder sometimes, if Jesus could not turn to us, as He did Philip and say,…
“Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me Philip?…”. John 14:8
Perhaps, it is because with David,….and in the Tribulation Period,…
….the Worthiness of the Lord…..deals with the enemies of His Purpose.
Those who seek to mock, destroy, and betray the true King of Kings….Christ….that they may “rule” themselves.)
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”
The Lord Jesus is first praised as Creator….for by the Word of His mouth the heavens and earth…was made.
Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:”
Then the Lord Jesus is praised as Redeemer….the One who paid the price to save all who will come to Him.
The offer has been made for over 2000 years….
….many have come and been born again. They have seen their sins forgiven and their lives enriched with the Holy Spirit and grace.
But the world, and those caught in it’s web….have refused Him, and His salvation.
He is worthy, therefore, to take the judgement scroll, and open the sealed judgements…..the direct result of the world’s refusal of His offer of salvation.
He takes the scroll….and unseals each….and the world is plunged into the worst time in the history of it….the Tribulation Period.
Revelation 5:12 “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.”
All through the church age….the Lord, the Lamb of God, has interceded for those that come to Him….for their help and grace.
Now He robes Himself in new honor and glory and power….still as the Lamb Who was slain….and brings upon the earth and mankind the condemnation and darkness….that they asked for.
John 3:19-20 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”
After the seven years of Tribulation…..Christ will come again to the earth….as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Revelation 19:11, 15 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
There will be that day….soon, I believe.
“And then cometh the end”
As Paul said,
Corinthians 15:24-25, 28 “Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.
And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”
Here Christ Jesus is conqueror of all who have opposed God down through the ages….for He came….and still works to do all the Father’s Will and Purpose.
And here in Corinthians….we must put ourselves. We were enemies of God at one time….yet,…
….Jesus Christ came forth to us, and brought us under His banner of love….
We received His kingship within us…..and stood beside Him, in this world.
This is still the time of His intercession…..for all who will come to Him.
This is still the time of His call to the light of God.
This is still the time we may choose Him….and lay down the weapons we have fought against Him with….and be placed under HIs banner.
Come….for all things are prepared. This call still rings out.