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We’ve written recently on the centrality of gratitude in the Christian life. Christians are people of thanks; the Lord’s praise shall continually be in our mouths (Ps. 34:1).

This theme continues in Revelation. In the Apostle John’s vision, he sees twenty-four elders who sit on thrones before God. In chapter 11 he sees these men fall on their faces to offer up praises to God; they begin with these words:

We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were…

Keep reading and pay special attention to what these heavenly men give thanks to God for:

We give You thanks…because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. (Rev. 11:17–18)

One of the main things we are to thank God for is His righteous judgment. This judgment consists of two aspects:

  1. God rewards those who fear His name.
  2. God destroys the wicked.

It’s easy for us to see why we ought to thank God for the first aspect. We are less inclined to thank Him for the second. This may be because we are confused about the nature of righteous vengeance. The Bible tells us repeatedly that we are not to take out our own revenge, but this should not lead us to think that God is not to take out His revenge.

In fact, one of the best ways to guard ourselves against sinfully taking out personal revenge is by trusting in God’s righteous vengeance. Romans 12:9 says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” In other words, one of the main reasons we are able to love our enemies is because we know God will judge rightly in the end. We demonstrate our faith in Him as we patiently wait for His judgment.

Finally, take heart from the sweet encouragement of God’s promise to all who trust in Him. The promise of reward is not just to great men, to prophets and apostles and heroes of the faith; it is to all those who fear God’s name, “the small and the great.” That means me and you!


The time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.
—Revelation 11:18


  • Adoration – Praise God for His perfectly righteous judgments.
  • Confession – Confess ways you have sought to take your own revenge.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for taking His great power and beginning to reign.
  • Supplication – Ask God for patience to wait for the Day of Judgment.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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