WORSHIPING OUR CREATOR
Gracious God, Your words are truly life-changing and transforming. I open myself to receive them from You now.
Read REVELATION 4:1–11
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“When I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand hath made… then sings my soul” (Carl Gustav Boberg, 1859–1940, and Stuart Hine, 1899–1989). Praise God for some aspect of creation which you have seen recently.
At this point in Revelation it feels that we are leaving earthly realities behind and going on an otherworldly journey. For modern readers, we are leaving the familiar and historical and entering a strange world of thrones, elders, beasts and angels. It is a world full of life, color and noise, overwhelming our senses. Pause for a moment and imagine the sights, sounds and sensations of this worship scene. What can you hear? What do you see? What do you feel?
For John’s readers, this is the blending of two familiar worlds. First, the world of the Old Testament. The trumpet that announced Temple worship calls John (1). The same Spirit that lifted Ezekiel to see the one on the throne (Ezek. 1:26–28) does the same for John (2). Jewels from Exodus 28 (3) accompany the rainbow from Genesis 9, the story of the flood. The thunder and lightning of Mount Sinai draw him to the seven lamps of Zechariah 4 (5) and the sea of glass from Solomon’s Temple (6; 1 Kings 7:23). This is an encounter with the God who made the world, who longs to see its restoration and who traveled the long journey of redemption with his people.
This reality is intertwined with another—the world of the Roman Empire and the worship of its emperor. Here city elders dress in white, bow down to their honored ruler, casting their crowns and hailing him with choruses. It is the Creator God, however, who deserves this honor, not any human ruler (9–11). If anyone makes a claim to be the source of peace and prosperity, they are usurping God’s rightful praise, setting themselves up against him. God is the source of all power and majesty, and so all praise rightly belongs to him.
Thank God that all power belongs to him and give him the praise.
Lord God, majesty and power belong to You. All my praise is due You.
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