This afternoon I was reading Revelation 4 in preparation for a Sunday school class and could not turn the page. My eyes were glued to the text found in the chapter; and my thoughts were centered on what it will be like to worship God in His presence.
John describes this awe-inspiring scene, “And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne… [they] will cast their crowns before the throne, saying “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God… for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (vv. 9-11).
Dr. Walvoord expounds in his commentary:
The world today does not give such honor to the Lord God. Though all people benefit from God’s goodness and live in the universe He created, they tend to neglect the worship of God. One of the important aims of Revelation is to trace the divine movement of history toward the goal of universal recognition of God, especially as related to the Son of God, as also spelled out in Philippians 2:9-11:
“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Someday all people will recognize the exalted Name of Jesus, whether they are the redeemed in heaven or the lost in hell. Revelation 4 seems to anticipate this future day by revealing an intimate glimpse of heaven where all created beings join in a symphony of praise and honor and worship to the Almighty God. (106-107)
There is none like Him. He is holy, and good, and patient, and merciful, and long-suffering, and tender-hearted, and just. All creatures owe their very existence to the God of all creation; and they will worship Him. Oh, how I long for that day when I can do so standing in His glorious presence. For “we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2), and it will take my breath away.