|In this short verse
we see the attributes of God praised by the elders. There is a concept in here which has been
lost in our civilization in its rush to declare all men equal. We have lost the idea that something is
“worthy” -- deserving -- simply by its intrinsic merits. Our ancestors would have looked at a great
painting and praised it simply because it was worthy of praise. Now we must
“evaluate it in its own time”
because it is no longer intrinsically praiseworthy. Only the thought of man makes anything
worthy -- now. It is interesting to
note that ours is the first time to conceive of such a notion.
|God is proclaimed
worthy -- of what? Glory (a word which
we use and know not), honor (perhaps esteem, or even awe today) and power
(this is the only one we really understand).
As if to answer modern man’s question -- “so what is it about God that
makes Him so worthy?” - the elders tell us two things about God:
|• He created all
things. The wonder of creation viewed
should make this sufficient. But, as
if to anticipate the thought of the “wind up” universe, we also have
|• He sustains all
things. Have you ever wondered why
gravity continued to work this morning when you got up? (Think of life if gravity stopped!) It does so because it is sustained by God
-- the unchangeable.