Thank you Hank for this amazing sermon;
Hello! I hope you all are having a joyful day because God has blessed us with so much today. I know it can be hard to find joy on tough days, and tough seasons on life. I pray today that this message would bring the superiority and utter Glory of God to perspective in our lives, and give us full assurance that he is our hope, our joy, and our fulfillment.
Over 2 years ago I was at a summer camp that I thought I chose to go to. Now I realize God had been working in every way to take me there. At that camp, I heard a message on the Glory of God that brought me to true repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ. That day marked the first day of the rest of my life. Ever since then I have been nothing but completely fascinated with the Glory of God and what that means. At first, this meant learning about the trinity, and how the Triune God operates (even though this still baffles me, and I assume it will until the day I die). Then it meant learning about Gods sovereign grace and how nothing I could have ever done would have gotten me to heaven. Only covered by grace I was saved, grace provided to me by the blood of Jesus Christ. Being a new Christian I ate that stuff up because it was like food for my soul.
Still, to this day, the Glory of God is my favorite subject to study. Today I get to write on my favorite passage in the entire bible.
When you think of the Glory of God many passages of God might come to your mind instantly like the Creation story, and how from that Gods glory shines through creation. Or you may think of Isaiah 6 when he is shown the throne room and utterly humbled in the presence of God. But when I think of the Glory of the Lord the first thing that comes to my mind is Revelation Chapter 4. This passage in the bible is the message that saved me. So naturally, it has a draw on me.
Revelation 4 is the Disciple Johns account of the throne room of God. In this account, John describes what the throne room is like and the atmosphere of it. To me, it is the most beautiful passage in the bible.
“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings[a] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4
In this passage, we encounter these four creatures that are heavenly beings praising God. At first glance, it is easy to pass the significance of these creatures. They are heavenly creatures, so they were created for the sole purpose of worshipping god. That’s their only purpose. To forever surround the Father and praise him saying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! That’s it, for eternity they say the same phrase over and over and over and over and over. When I read this, I think to myself, my worship on Sunday mornings is affected by my mood, my life, and even the songs played. I forget who I’m worshipping and the Glory of God.
These four creatures have from the moment they were created said the same phrase and there is nothing they would exchange it for. We forget the Glory of God in our everyday lives. We tend to make God out to a distant God who has control over things; but only when we let him. We forget that he is who he says he is, GOD. He is all fulfilling and for eternity we will praise him for his Glory and there will never once cross our minds a thought of something better to be doing. Just like the Creatures, the Glory of God so intensely captures all of their attention that they can’t help but to utter the same phrase for all of eternity because he is so beautifully Glorious.
Not only does this passage sober us to the Glory of the Lord but I believe it also provides a great platform for our prayer lives. There are many times when we are praying and I think we forget who we are praying to, and casting our cares upon. We can get to the point where it’s almost as if we are praying to a God we have created in our minds to pray to. Our prayers can be jumbled with false recognitions of God. In C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape, the Uncle to the younger demon Wormwood provides expertise on how to go about basically ruining the life of his “patient”. In this section Screwtape provides an instance from his career where he distorted the image of God in one of his “patients’” prayer lives. He says, “I have known cases where what the patient called his “God” was actually located-up and to the left at the corner of the bedroom ceiling, or inside his own head, or in a crucifix on the wall. But whatever the nature of the composite object, you must keep him praying to it-to the thing that he has made, not the Person who has made him.” It may not be something as menial like that in your own head during prayer but for me I know that sometimes I’m not focusing on God when I pray. So, this provides an amazing platform for focusing our prayer.
The next time your praying get to read this passage and imagine yourself at the foot of the father in the Glorious atmosphere of the Throne Room and watch how it instantly changes your perspective on prayer. It will bring a reverence and worship into your pray life like it never has before.
Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to write this message on something I love so much God. I pray that it would lead people to search you out more heavily and bask in you Glory Lord. I hope that we can all take this chapter out of Revelation to use in our prayer lives and that it would change our prayer to that of reverence and praise to you God the one who created us. I love you and praise you, Lord, Amen.