Saturday, August 29

We’ve only scratched the surface!

Scripture: Ezekiel 8-11, Revelation 4

Revelation 4:8–11 Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, 

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— 

the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” 

9 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.”

Observation/application

John sees a vision of worship in heaven.  We pray: “May your kingdom come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  So based on John’s vision of heaven, what does it look like for our prayer to be answered right now?  What characteristics of heaven’s worship can we bring to earth?

First, worship is non-stop.  “Day after day and night and night they keep on…”.  It is impossible to be in the presence of God without worshiping Him.  Worship isn’t something we do once a week at church or for a few moments each day.  Worship is 24/7.  It’s a posture of the heart and a focus of the mind on God Himself—all day long.  It is living God-first, with a God-focus, and a heart to please Him.  Worship is a lifestyle.  Non-stop!

Second, worship involves all of me.  They spoke words, they gave thanks, they bowed down, and they laid their crowns at the Lord’s feet.  Worship was verbal, physical and volitional.  To lay your crown at someone’s feet was to surrender to them, to offer yourself as their subject, to give them all of your achievements, wealth and status.  Worship isn’t just singing a song (although I love that part of it)—it is fully surrendering yourself.  Romans 12:1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”

Third, we worship because God is worthy.  This is what motivates our non-stop, fully surrendered worship.  God deserves it—He is worthy!  He deserves the best we can offer, and so much more.  We can give our all forever and know it will never be enough; that is, God is always worthy of more than we can offer.  We will never be able to say, “There.  We’ve given Him what He deserves.”  We’ve only scratched the surface!  This overwhelming vision of God in His glory is the center of John’s vision.  

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to live 24/7 a life that honors You!  Here is my life, a living sacrifice today.  You are worthy of all I am and have!