Do you ever imagine what heaven will be like? Do you ever pretend that you are there, worshiping God before His throne? Picture the heavenly scene with me:
God, shining brighter than the most brilliant diamond, sits before you on His throne. Something like a glowing rainbow circles it. Twenty-four elders dressed in white, with gold crowns on their heads, sit on thrones around Him. Flashes of lightning shoot from God’s throne and rumbles of deep thunder shake you. Seven lampstands burn brightly in front of His throne. Before it all sparkling crystal spreads out like a sea. In the midst of this glorious scene, four winged, awesome creatures, covered with eyes, continuously praise the Creator:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty – the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come. Rev 4:8b, NLT
And when the creatures voice their praise, all of heaven joins in worship:
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” Rev 4:11, NLT
Are you joining in the worship of the Lord Almighty?
In the book of Hebrews, we’ve learned that Jesus, our High Priest, gives us access to the throne room of God. (See Hebrews 4:14-16.) We can boldly enter God’s presence through prayer at any time. Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand in heaven, interceding with Him now on your behalf. (Hebrews 8:1-2.)
Do we truly recognize what a privilege we’ve been granted? How could picturing the true heavenly scene help us more fully worship God?
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i have thought about that recently. i’ll try and make this short. greg has a group meeting at our house each wed night. i’m not part of it, but i came home last wed and was sitting in another room when they were praying. i was on my computer checking emails/facebook. but as i listened to them, the thought crossed my mind–do you know what’s happening in the other room? they have entered into the throne room of God in prayer. this sense of holiness came over me and i had to put my computer away till they were done. prayer–such a mystery–but the Word says we’re in His presence when we pray, doesn’t it? Holy Holy Holy
Janet, thank you for that testimony! Yes, His Word says we enter into His presence in prayer. What an awesome privilege that I too often take for granted.
I definitely take it for granted that I can approach God in prayer and ask things of him and go to him when I am hurting. Sometimes it is more than my own little brain can think about! I want to be in awe of him more than I am!