Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song. Revelation 5:8-9
When the apostle John saw the revelation of heaven, one theme dominated much of the vision: praise and worship. Despite the conflict and struggles on earth depicted in John’s vision, there is never any doubt about Who reigns over all. Everyone in heaven and on earth is occupied with praise that will go on forever.
In Revelation 5, John pictures three categories of beings who are seen praising God in what is perhaps the Bible’s greatest chapter of praise: the elders, representing the redeemed (verses 8-10), innumerable angels (verses 11-12), and every other created being in heaven and on earth (verse 13). Each group has their own refrain of praise extoling the One who sits on the throne and the Lamb of God. The impression is that this praise is ongoing, never-ending—the continual refrain of heaven.
If you are one of God’s redeemed children, a future of praise and worship awaits you in heaven. How better to prepare than to join in that refrain now!
Public worship will not excuse us from secret worship. Matthew Henry