Whenever I think of “God Almighty”, I am immediately drawn to 2 passages of Scripture: Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4. For today, I will focus on Revelation 4. Many Bibles provide the heading of “Heavenly Worship” for Rev 4 and it is an awe-inspiring vision to focus on. But, just because it is a vision of heavenly worship – one to look forward to, it can also be the focus of our daily worship as well.
There isn’t enough time to spend on John’s imagery in Revelation for this blog post. However, one image that is seen in both Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 is the image of worship that is amazing and that is the all-encompassing participation of those worshiping!!
Have you ever thought about what it will be like to come face to face with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? What will it be like to be surrounded by the glory of God Almighty one day? Verses 8-9 in Rev 4 form the foundation for one the great hymns and my personal favorite. Reginald Heber, a vicar in Hodnet, England, wrote 57 hymns. The substance for one of these hymns is found in Rev 4 and it is #3 in our hymnals…”Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God, Almighty.” This passage and hymn speak of how we should see worship of God Almighty today and every day and, in so doing, preparing ourselves for when we sing and dance in the surrounding glory of the Lord God Almighty!!
Devotional Thought: One verse stands out for our Lenten journey…“Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea; holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!” All my works…all your works…shall praise the glory and majesty of the only one who is holy…the only one who is “perfect in power, in love, and purity”, the Lord God Almighty. There is still work to be done!!