Rev.4:9,10 – Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne…
It was one of those Sunday night services that stays etched in your memory. The Lord came down and imprinted the dynamics of that service in the hearts of those who had ears to hear. David Ruis was our special guest and he was determined to go to new places in worship that night. He was speaking about these creatures that John, Isaiah, and Ezekiel had seen and was fixated on their ability to sustain worship. David keep asking the Lord for an ability to sustain worship or to expand his ability to worship for extended periods of time. That sounds strange to some in this present world of short services that never focus too much on intimacy with God and forget about worship endurance. The shorter the better seems to be the order of the day. These beings, these “burning ones” would have none of it. Worship was eternal for them, that is all they knew from the day that they were created. Here are some thoughts from the SPIRIT FILLED LIFE BIBLE on this passage.
“In this scene when John is brought before the visible throne of God, the awe-filled worship that takes place before him is definitive, breathtaking, and revelatory. Winged living creatures unlike anything seen on earth and elders in the divine order of God’s kingdom unceasingly worship God before the throne. Day and night the creatures continually proclaim the holiness of the One on the throne, saying, “Holy, holy, holy,” testifying to the limitless wonder experienced by those who worship in Spirit and truth. The elders declare God’s unparalleled worthiness, throwing down their crowns before Him in vivid prostration. God’s eternal supremacy as Creator is the central, all-consuming “focus, signifying the quality of true worship: “Who was and is and is to come”, and, “by Your will [all things] exist and were created”. Here, biblical worship is universally defined—to encounter and retell the matchless character of the holy, enthroned King of all kings.”
Worship is birthed in God’s presence. Just knowing about the value of worship won’t make you a worshipper. The only thing that can accomplish that noble task is seeing Him for yourself. Once that happens you will enter the point of no return.