by Dick Buckingham, Administrator
I love this chapter because it depicts the focus and primary activity in heaven. The focus is God and activity is worship, real worship. The first thing John saw when he entered into heaven was the throne and person of God. He does his best to describe the experience in terms of things he and his readers have experienced, but no doubt even the language John uses isn’t adequate to fully grasp what he is seeing. He then sees that there are others present, 24 elders and four unusual creatures. Who and what these are is not my focus, but rather what they are doing. John sees that the creatures are declaring God’s holiness over and over again. And every time the creatures speak, the elders fall before him and worship God by casting their crowns before him and proclaiming His worthiness.
I am both awed and convicted by this vision of John’s. I am awed because I get a glimpse of what it will be like when I shall at last see Him face to face. I am convicted because I understand this is what I was created for and I fall so far short of this incredible offering of worship. My worship (and perhaps yours) tends to be so self-centered. It seems so much more about me and what I get out of it. Does the music move me? Is the message relevant to my life? Worship as John’s sees in heaven is entirely God focused. Those present are not concerned with anything, but are wholly given to the worship of the great and awesome God who is seated on the throne. My worship is also so infrequent. The creatures in Revelation “day and night…never cease to say…” and every time the creatures give glory to God, the rest join in to worship. It is a continual, never ending, all-out expression of praise to God. It is a strong reminder that our very lives are to be a living sacrifice, which is our spiritual act of worship. Everything we do, everything we say, every thought we think, ought to be God focused and a declaration of His holiness and His worthiness.
I have got a ways to go in this. Yet for a moment, I can pause with John in his awesome vision of heaven and I can imagine what it would be like to be doing all that He has created me for!