(Part 14)


November 19, 2014

Today’s readings:

Revelation 4:1-11

Psalm 150:1-6

Does not a prayer assembly leader, in exhorting the brethren to worship, at times say: “We are entering into the throne room of God”? How is it to enter into the throne room of God? John had a vision (Rev 4:1a). “A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian. Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was something that resembled a sea of glass like crystal.” (Rev 4:2b-3,5-6a). Awesome! Absolutely magnificent! Breathtaking in splendor!

What happens around the throne of God? Non-stop worship (at least by the cherubim)! “Day and night they do not stop exclaiming: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty” (Rev 4:8b). The angels and saints worship (Rev 4:9-10). With lightning, rumblings and thunder, no wonder the place where the disciples prayed shook (Acts 4:31a)!

When we worship, we are in the awesome presence of God. “Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.” (Ps 150:1). We are in the company of the angels and saints. So we join in on the joyful noise to the Lord. We “give praise with blasts upon the horn” and “with crashing cymbals” (Ps 150:3a,5a).

As we worship, as we give God the praise and glory that is His due, we are “filled with the holy Spirit,” enabling us to continue “to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31b). Then we are further empowered to witness. Worship—entering into the throne room of God—is such an awesome experience, and should be for all. So we evangelize massively so that this can become a reality. “Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah!” (Ps 150:6).

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