Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sam Storms and Revelation 5

So i've always been a little bit scared of Revelation. I mean, some of the imagery in there is pretty weird (without meaning to be irreverant) and i've never really been able to get into it. What i have been getting into recently though is a book called 'One Thing', by Sam Storms. Storms, clearly heavily influenced by Piper's opus 'Desiring God' is taking me on a refreshing and exciting journey through Christian hedonism right now, i'm very much enjoying it. But what thats got to do with my new found love for Revelation 5? Well, in the third chapter of the book, Storms starts to talk about Heaven, and takes us into Revelation, with chapters four and five being where he focusess.

I am now very VERY excitied by Revelation 5! 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break it seals?' 'The Lion of Judah, the Root of David'...Jesus is worthy! The lamb who has been slain, Jesus, the perfect sacrifice...the only Righteous Judge...
I love the images of perpetual worhsip as well. The 24 Elders who sit around the Throne who constantly worship the Lord, casting their crowns before Him singing:

"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."

All the time. Why do they do this? What else can they do but worship God when faced with His full and perfect presence? There is no option in their minds, Jesus fills their hearts and minds...

And the four living creatures who sing constantly:
'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty
who was, and is, and is to come'
And they don't do this because they are made to, or because people are watching them. They love to do it, they consider doing nothing else, there is nothing else that comes close to worshipping the Lord in their minds...their minds are filled with Him.
From around the throne come peals of thunder and flashes of light, how amazing is that! That is the power and awe God creates and inspires just by being present.
When i was reading this i had this feeling in my heart, this kind of stirring, longing feeling, this desire to be there, with the Lord, giving Him the praise that is due His name, to be enjoying His perfection and love....
One day, one day.

1 comment:

Welshie said...

one day indeed! Heaven's gonna be awesome!