Some scoff at the idea of heaven, thinking that all we will do there is sing and play the harp, and nothing else. But God will give us a role, and create us for that role. (Ephesians 2:10).
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back… Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” [Revelation 4:6, 8].
The four creatures seem grotesque. But John is not saying that they are literally covered with eyes; I think what he is really saying is that the creatures see all that God does. They stand in God’s presence encircling His throne, and each looks at God and also out in each direction to the four corners of the universe. Because they see so much, their natural response is to never stop saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (These words represent the gist of what they say; their real words are beyond human understanding).
We see in part, and we praise in part. We glorify God to the extent of our limited view. They see without end, and their praise never ends. They glorify God through the breadth of the sight He has granted.
Even when they see our lives and all the troubles we go through and all the problems in this world, they never stop saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” They see God’s full picture.
God has created different kinds of creatures to fill different roles. We may not be able to see everything in God’s grand design, and thus we were not created for ceaseless words of praise, but we can learn from these blessed created creatures. We learn that God is in control and that he is always worthy “to receive glory and honor and praise.” (Revelation 5:12). We also learn that if we always keep at least one eye on Jesus, we will always have a good perspective on life. (Psalm 111:10).
“You are worthy … because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God …” [Revelation 5:9].
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne … the twenty-four elders [of heaven] fall down … and worship him who lives forever and ever. [They throw their crowns at the feet of our Lord, and proclaim], “You are worthy … for you created all things” [Revelation 4:9-11].
So no matter what happens in your life, remember these unending words of truth: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
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Notes: This article was first published in the St. Peter Church newsletter, October 2002 A.D. Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NIV © 1973, 1978 by the International Bible Society.