“. . . the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say;
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
To receive glory and honor and power,
For you created all things,
And by your will they were created and have their being.’”
Revelation 4:10-11 (NIV)
“. . . the twenty-four elders . . .” These elders are the patriarchs of the church. Earlier passages tell us they sit on thrones around God’s. They are arrayed in white robes with golden crowns on their heads. (Rev 4:4)
“. . .fall down before him who sits on the throne. . . These elders prostrate themselves before God. This is an act of humility. When we kneel before God at an altar in church or before a couch or chair in our homes we also humble ourselves in preparation to worship. If we can’t physically kneel, we humble our hearts by remembering Who He is and who we are.
“. . . and worship him who lives for ever and ever.” These elders pay homage to God for Who He is.
”. . .They lay their crowns before the throne and say. . .” They do this as a form of adoration. Don’t we honor God by laying our lives before Him? At one time in my spiritual walk, I verbally gave God my plans each morning when I prayed.
“’You are worthy, our Lord and God. . .’” Right after this scene in Revelation, we see only Lamb of God is worthy to open the scroll. The elders exclaim to the Father that He merits honor.
Everything God makes merits honor. I have a difficult time when I hear abortion being discussed. Those for it say life doesn’t begin until birth. I believe life begins at conception. Life signifies sensitivity to injury. Certain injuries affect an unborn child in the first four weeks after conception.
“. . . to receive glory and honor and power . . .“ God’s worthiness means we are to respect Him, to treat Him with reverence. Do we who live in the 21st Century, as a whole, give God the honor He deserves?
“. . . for you created all things . . .” God created the world and everything in it. In our nation we have the mountains- the sea shores- the Aspen trees- the beautiful sunrises and sunsets- the tulips- the violets- the birds, all created by God.
” . . . and by your will they were created and have their being.’” These elders give God the praise for His choosing to create all that we hear, feel, touch and see. Shouldn't we, as His children do likewise?
He gives us so much; we should honor Him in worship every chance we get.
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