by Tammy Phillips
August 25, 2021
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV)
You know how a song gets stuck in your head and you sing it all day long? The word worthy showed up in my thoughts two days ago and has been running on repeat. I went to prayer yesterday and the praise song, “Worthy of Every Song” by Brett Younker, led us off. The lyrics begin, “Worthy of every song we could ever sing. Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring. Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe.”
OUR GOD IS WORTHY.
I went digging into the Bible to see what worthy really meant and how it was used. I found that many times the word was used in the context of someone not being worthy. John the Baptist “preached, saying, ‘There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.’” (Mark 1:7 NKJV) “preached, saying, there cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.” (Mark 1:7 KJV)
Think about that statement! If that does not put us in our place?
According to Websters 1828 Dictionary, worthy is defined as: deserving; having worth or excellence; equivalent; with of, before the thing deserved; possessing worth or excellence of qualities; virtuous; estimable. Worth means value, importance, excellence. Alone, we are nothing. We are insignificant, have no value, and are not important. We are not even worthy enough to stoop down and unloose Jesus’ shoes, and this comes from His cousin. The world owes us nothing. Jesus owes us nothing. We are nothing without Him. It is because of His will that we exist or were even created. Glory to God. He chose us. He chose all. (All just have not chosen Him.) He alone is worthy, but He made us joint heirs. Through the sacrifice of his blood and his life, we are made righteous in Him. We are important to Him.
The Lord is weighty, excellent, important and the most valuable in the universe, and in my life. He alone is deserving and “worthy of every song we could ever sing. Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring. Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe.” All of heaven and earth will proclaim:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power [Be] to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”” (Revelation 5:12-13 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to meditate on Who is worthy, the Lamb of God. He alone is worthy to be praised. Think about how unworthy we are. We are not important, in and of ourselves! Our value is in Him. I do not care how much money you have in your bank account, how many best-selling songs you have written, how many New York Times best-selling books you have penned, if you are movie star, professional athlete, or President of the United States, your worth is in Him alone. I love you, but you are not all that and a bag of chips without Jesus as your Savior.
Don’t assign value to anyone or anything, where value is not due. Jesus alone is worthy, worthy, worthy, and He is due our praise!