READ : Revelation 4:1-11
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created
all things. (v. 11)
It’s hard for us to realize how much Roman power and propaganda dominated the
first-century world. The emperor Domitian, for example, claimed divine honors, taking the
titles Lord and God, demanding to be worshiped.
It was in such a time of idolatry that the apostle John heard again the voice of the
risen Jesus, this time calling him to “come up here.” At once John stood before an open
door and saw through it the reality of heaven. At the center of his vision was a throne
with one seated upon it. Flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder came from the
throne. Around it were four living creatures, representing humanity and all animals; there
were also 24 elders, standing for the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles of the
All the heavenly beings join in singing God’s praise, falling before him, casting their
crowns before his throne. In heaven, God reigns alone, the center of everything. The
special focus of this praise is God’s creative power. Listen: “Worthy are you, our Lord
and God [God is the only one rightly bearing those titles], to receive glory and honor and
power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
John’s vision enables us to see beyond all human pretensions to the way things really
are. Only God our Creator is worthy!
We bless you, Maker and Ruler of all things, our Lord and God!