This Month's Promise

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, ...”

- (Hosea 10:12)

Read: Revelation 4: 1-11


“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, ...” (Revelation 4:11)

In Revelation 4, John writes that he was in the spirit and saw a vision. Robert Mulholland, Jr. writes, “John did not see separate visions. He saw one tremendous, multidimensional vision that shifts, modulates, expands and develops.” In his vision among other things, John saw a throne. A throne is an image portraying the absolute sovereignty and authority of God. On this throne sat the Lord with heavenly brilliance. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were wearing white robes. Their robes are associated with the redeemed people of God. The elders represent the entire community of God’s kingdom of priests whose worship and praise builds up a throne on which God and the Lamb are enthroned. The elders performed three actions. First, they fell before the One who is seated upon the throne and the Lamb. (Revelation 4:10, 5:8) This is an act of acknowledgement, recognizing God as God and prostrating oneself in the presence of such awesome majesty. Second, the elders worshipped the One who lives forever and ever. By this they exalted God and humbled themselves. Third, the elders continually cast their crowns before the throne. Biblically the crown represents mastery, control, rule, power as well as honor, award and victory. To cast the crown before God represents the fulfillment of the worship of God by yielding one’s life to God’s control. Their continuous casting of the crowns reveals their yieldedness, their willingness, and their submission to God. Next, John saw in the center, around the throne four living creatures. These creatures led all of heaven in the worship of God, the Creator. Day and night without ceasing, they kept on praising the Lord saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is is, and to come.”

Dear friends, relationship with God is never forced, but it is always voluntary. We can either choose or reject the relationship with God. The four creatures and the twenty-four elders were ceaselessly praising the Lord and worshipping Him. Do we have such willingness to glorify God?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, you have absolute sovereignty and authority over everything in the universe. You are my Creator. I worship you and exalt your name. Let me yield myself fully to you. I build a throne for you by my praises. Be seated on the throne O Lord and be magnified. Amen.