A few years ago, our young son asked us: what do they say in heaven? These few chapters in Revelation provided part of the answer.
Four so-called living beings (which John had trouble describing because they are so strange) are praising God day and night:
Revelation 4:8 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.
There are 24 elders throwing their crowns down to God and saying:
Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.
Angels are asking and answering questions, and there’s more worship of God as the elders and living beings sing to Jesus (as the heir to the throne of Judah):
Revelation 5:9-10You are worthy to take the scroll
and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
And you have caused them to become
a Kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will reign on the earth.
And then the angels and later (vs 13) every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea join in with another song
Revelation 5:12-13Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing….
13Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.
A vast crowd of people, too many to count, are also worshipping:
Revelation 7:9Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!
There’s yet more worship from the angels, elders and four beings that John had trouble describing:
Revelation 7:12Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
forever and ever! Amen.
In all that, various angels and elders are taking the time to explain to John what is happening as he tries to understand what he’s seeing.