8 These four living creatures …did not cease chanting. All day and night they were singing.
Four Living Creatures: Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God who is the All Powerful,
who was, and who is, and who is coming.
… 10 the twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the One seated on the throne, worshiped the One who lives throughout all the ages, cast their golden wreaths before the throne, and chanted to Him.
11 24 Elders: Worthy are You, O Lord; worthy are You, O God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
You alone created all things,
and through Your will and by Your design, they exist and were created.
Can you imagine that scene? John was there in the Spirit witnessing the glorious scene and doing his best with human words and concepts to describe what he saw: the throne and the One seated on the throne.
Holy, Holy, Holy repeated all day and all night, giving glory to the One. Worthy, worthy chanted by the Elders as they fall prostrate before Him. We can’t imagine such focus, such intensity, such an over-powering need to give glory to the One who deserves it. Let’s be honest: no matter how much we might love worship or a particular hymn or song we eventually have had enough and need a rest or a change. But one day we will stand before that throne and just like the elders we’ll cast down our crowns and cry ‘worthy’.
We don’t have to wait for that day to give to Him what He is due. Every time we lift our voices to praise Him or thank Him, to glorify and acknowledge who He is and what he has done we join with those already in His presence, we join with the countless angels in honouring Him. Honouring Him doesn’t have to be a spoken or sung word. We can acknowledge and praise Him in places where it would be inappropriate to do so out loud in our hearts, in our actions, in our diligence and integrity.
But coming together as a body to praise Him, standing side-by-side with others who know Him and love Him is a glimpse, a tiny fragmented peek into what Heaven will be like. United in purpose so that we have only one aim and that is to glorify Him. We’ve been singing a song recently and it sums up perfectly what our worship does. It enthrones Him on our praises, it isn’t about us, about what we like or dislike it is absolutely and only about Him.
Glory to God in the highest isn’t just our Christmas anthem, it’s for every day all year in every aspect of our lives.
All through this life we lead
And onto eternity
Our endless praise, we’ll cry
Jesus be glorified
Jeremy Riddle: Be Enthroned