REVELATION 5:13-14: “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Am I in tune to the heavenly chorus of worship? Is my heart directed to join in with every creature in heaven and on earth, and under the earth and in the sea to proclaim – “To Him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” Do I rise up with the four living creatures and say “Amen!” Do I fall before Him with the 24 Elders and worship?
John had the privilege of receiving a vision of the glory and majesty of the God the Father sitting upon the Throne, with Jesus at His right hand, and the Spirit of God in HIs fulness before the throne. He witnessed the heavenly worship that is accompanied by the hosts of heaven, those redeemed by Jesus’ blood, and all creation. He stood in awe as the 24 Elders cast their crowns before the Lord and worshiped. What a glorious sight, what a glorious privilege.
I have the same opportunity each day to join in this heavenly chorus. God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. This means more than simply worshipping the Lord according to the Scriptures. It means worshipping Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and with spiritual eyes that see beyond the veil of this life. It is worshipping the Lord in and through the presence of His Holy Spirit. Revelation 4:2 says of John – “At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.” (ESV) It takes an abiding in the Spirit of God to be able to worship God in the reality of His presence.
Now, I have never had the same type of vision and experience that John had on the isle of Patmos. I have never been taken by the Spirit into heaven and stood before the Throne of God. Yet, I have John’s vision and the complete revelation of Scripture. As I open this and read it, by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, it becomes more than just a story. My spiritual eyes are opened, my heart is enlarged, and I find myself standing beside John gazing upon the wonder, majesty, and glory of the Lord. The old cathedrals are said to have been built to capture this beauty and majesty revealed in scripture. While I am not advocating returning back to building cathedrals, I am advocating opening our hearts to receive a unveiling of His majesty!
This morning I can begin my day one of two ways. I can get up and go through the normal grind to face another day of work and toil. Or, I can take time to enter into the worship service of heaven, to gaze upon the Lord in all of His glory, to behold the Lamb of God, to be taught and made alive by the Spirit of God. Worship is not automatic – it is a choice! I can choose to join in the heavenly chorus – or I can choose not to. What I choose will impact my day more than I know or may even care to imagine.
Lord, today I lift up my eyes toward heaven, my heart toward Your throne. Today I choose to join in the song with all creation and sing – “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And with the four living creatures I cry – “Amen”! And with the 24 Elders I bow down before You in worship!
In Jesus Name!