At the end of Revelation chapter 7, we witness a great multitude standing before the throne and the Lamb worshiping Him and the Father. The multitude are crying out in loud voices, all in unison. Their volume must have been completely off the charts!
This isn’t the first time we have read about worship in the book of Revelation, nor is it the last. Throughout the book, we are treated to multiple scenarios of high volume, united worship involving numerous groups of people and created beings. In each instance the volume appears to be magnified over the last.
It’s interesting to note that after all the loud worship at the end of chapter 7, the first verse of Revelation 8 goes on the say:
“When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”
Why the sudden change from a thunderous roar to complete silence? We can only surmise. Perhaps the content of the 7th seal was so overwhelming that no one could speak; perhaps it was a continuation of their praises—but now without words, just silence.
A popular Christian group sings this lyric: “…and still we praise our Savior in spirit and in truth for we cannot say enough about you. Hallelujah!” Jesus tells the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4 that God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. When we’ve said all we can manage about who God is and what He does, when we have no more words with which to describe His majesty and His glory, then we finally realize that we will never be able to say enough about Him.
This is the silence that comes when we can no longer utter a word but are worshiping only in spirit and in truth. This is the contrast that John describes going on in heaven—this high volume praise coupled with silent praise where there is no longer anything more to say.
We have much to look forward to in heaven. And this is a small, but very significant part of it. Paul puts it this way: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully…” (1 Corinthians 13:12).