10. The Elders worship non-stop
Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.” NLT
I’m trying to picture this scene. If the Living Beings say this constantly, when do the elders have time to retrieve their crowns, put them back on their heads and return to their thrones? I picture them crawling around on the “sea” picking them up. With twenty-four of them, it seems like confusion.
Surely, it isn’t like that in the heavenly realm. I so wish John included more details, assuming he possessed an adequate vocabulary. Too bad they didn’t have YouTube back then. He could show some of the movements.
11. In this view of heaven,
we see non-stop worship focused on the goodness and glory of God.
We face the challenge of living in a physical world where we have to work, prepare meals, shop, pay bills, clean, take care of other family members, take care of our own personal hygiene, sleep, etc.
An excerpt from one of Fenelon’s letters (page 77) comes to mind:
Try, without forcing yourself, to turn to God and touch Him as often as you can. Even when you want to touch the Lord and you are distracted, it is important to keep bringing yourself before Him.
Do not wait for a perfectly quiet time when you can lock yourself in your room and be alone. You know how hard it is to find such a time.
The very moment you feel drawn toward God is the moment to turn toward Him. Simply lean toward Him with a heart full of love and trust. Do this when you are driving or dressing or getting your hair done. Turn toward Him while you are eating or others are talking.
When conversation becomes boring, during a business meeting, for instance, you can find a few moments to fellowship with your Father instead of being drained by unnecessary talk.
Some of my favorite examples from scripture:
Enoch excelled at leaning toward God and one day found himself in heaven.
Anna, a prophet, never left the Temple area for 84 years, serving and worshiping night and day. God rewarded her by allowing her to see and recognize the Messiah when Mary and Joseph came to dedicate Him to the Lord. Luke 2:36-38
12. My worship
I ask the Lord to lead me into all truth especially what it means to seek the kingdom of God as priority number one.
I know I fall short, but it is my earnest desire to rid myself of all hardness of heart that separates me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.
Worship, as I know how to do it, is one of my favorite things. At home and in settings where freedom is encouraged, I go for it. When I think about my actions later, I get twinges of embarrassment. But it doesn’t stop me. My heart and my spirit compel me to worship, jump, dance, bow with my face to the floor as best I can.
I love King David’s example in 2 Samuel 6:14-15, 21-22
Lord God, teach me how You want to be worshiped. What do I need to change?
I want to sing new melodies and compose eloquent psalms of praise. May the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (and dwells in me), rise up with praise and worship like never before. Let Your Spirit rise within me! Amen
13. The most inspiring thing I learned this week–
Man can indeed see God. Many have. Whether it was through visions (seeing with our spirit or however that works) or seeing with our natural eyes, I want that.
In 1 Timothy 6:16, Paul wrote, “he (God) lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will.” (2 Samuel 22:12, as well as other verses, say, “He also shrouds Himself with thick darkness.”)
However, our human eyes aren’t the only eyes we have.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
Job’s words so beautifully brought to life in Handel’s Messiah,
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Job 19:25-27 NLT (emphasis added)