February 17, 2013-Revelation: A Vision of Worship
Scripture: Revelation 3:20-4:11
A vision of worship and or relationship begins with the invitation of God. “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” The relationship always begins at God’s initiating. He comes to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He sends His Son. We love because He first loved us, and He stands at the door and knocks waiting for us respond to His invitation. Will we listen to what the Spirit has to say to the churches? This type of listening does not always come by physical hearing but by allowing the Spirit to speak to our hearts.
The voice of the Lord spoke clearly, in this instance, like a trumpet. John was brought into the presence of the throne room of God. In describing heaven the focus becomes clear it is the throne and the one seated on it. There is also a description that is described in vivid color. Worship incorporates all our senses. Worship is a whole person event not a spectator sport.
The images around the throne are those of elders with crowns and descriptions from Isaiah and Ezekiel. Four living creatures represent all of the created order. They were covered in eyes these eyes also represent seeing God as He is. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” It is worship that is always aware of the throne of God. Every eye is overwhelmed by the glory of God. “Holy, Holy, Holy” is not repetition but a genuine response each time to the continuing revealing of God’s glory. His eternal glory is always new like and never-ending and so never is the praise of His glory.
Then the elders chime in falling down and casting their crowns before the throne. In doing say they are acknowledging the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The worship of God is never-ending in heaven. Too often we think of heaven like a golden retirement village in the sky, but it is eternal never-ceasing worship of God. If that is what we will be doing for all of eternity should we not be in the practice of worshiping Him here and now?