The Awesome Sovereign on the Throne
After these thingsI looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice . . . was like a trumpet . . . saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
-Revelation 4:1, emphasis added
The phrase "after these things" is a key: by the inspiration of God's Spirit, you are now looking into the future. All that God says is going to happen in chapters 4-22 of Revelation will come to pass exactly as predicted. Now step with me into the worship center of the universe to hear heaven rejoicing in our Lord Jesus Christ as He prepares to take back what Satan has usurped.
Worship of God and His loveliness is at His invitation. Because God is the One who invites us into His presence, worship is not to be taken lightly. Worship is not a right-it is a privilege. God will invite us to worship when we are going through cave times (like David); He will also invite us when we are enraptured with joy (perhaps by inspirational music). No matter where we are on the spectrum, God invites us to come into His presence. We can thus worship the Lord anywhere, anytime, and anyhow-just as the apostle John did while imprisoned on Patmos.
In his classic booklet, My Heart-Christ's Home, Robert Boyd Munger compares being saved to Jesus taking over our "body house" by moving in and systematically cleaning out each room. My favorite chapter is the "Dining Room" where Jesus sits every morning, noon, and night inviting us to come and eat with Him (Revelation 3:20). He wants us to dine with Him daily, and linger lovingly in His presence.
Worship of God must acknowledge that He is in charge:Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne (Revelation 4:2). Worship is Spirit-energized; it is a spiritual activity. It is not carnal, or something we can pump up. All true worship will focus on God, not on the human level. Worship lifts us out of the mundane and into God's presence.
We cannot fully worship God, however, if we are trying to run our own lives. Anything that is out of control is not under His control. All the areas of our lives must be under God's control: emotions, appetites, family, and finances. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man, sits on the throne, and He wants us to acknowledge that truth anywhere, anytime, and anyhow.
Will you be among these worshiping saints? I hear a lot of people say they are going to heaven. In some locales, it seems that everyone is a Christian, or at least they think they are. So I ask them, "Have you made your reservations? Are you ‘registered in heaven'?" (See Hebrews 12:23a.) Have you ever gone to a hotel and been told that your reservation had been lost, that no one knew you were coming, and that all the rooms were full? A lot of people who are in churches every Sunday are going to have that horrible experience when they face Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23). I therefore exhort you to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29).
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