After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4)
The Wonder Of Worship
It is hard to imagine what it will be like when we finally see God face to face. On this side of eternity the Holy Spirit has woven a tapestry that gives us glimpses of the glory to come. I enjoy Revelation 4 because it awakens the senses to the remarkable image of what it will be like to stand before the great I AM. The one on the throne exuded as a bright red light by a myriad of colors mixed in with worshippers filling the space of praise of “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” Adding to the immense panoply of worship came lightening, thundering’s and voices. John was blessed beyond measure to stand in this vision and see a grand presentation of God’s glory. And that is what we do today.
We praise God today by singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” to Him who gave His Son for us. Our thanksgiving is found in the words of worthiness to the Lord. Chapter five will introduce us to the Lamb that was slain and we celebrate that scene today as we take in remembrance the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. What a wonderful time to be with God’s people and worship our Lord on this side of what John saw. There is coming a day when we will see Him face to face and then will the glory of God be recognized for the worship He is due.
As you prepare to worship the Lord today, consider the throne scene of Revelation 4 and stand in awe of the great and mighty God we serve. Praise God. Holy is His name.
Adoration means that you put yourself in the attitude of him who is nothing before Him who is everything. It means total submission, even annihilation before the object of your adoration. (Jacques Leclercq, Back to Jesus, 1959)