S88P1 – In the Throne Room: a power worthy of a following

Rev. 4:2-5

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

I do not know whether it was the influence of stories or movies, or the result of my own imagination, but for so long I envisioned God on his throne in solitude.  I pictured a clean, blinding whiteness to everything around him.  A place of majesty and holiness, I envisioned it as quiet and solitary.  We see from this picture, however, that this is not the case in the throne room.  God may occupy the highest position, but He does not reside in that place alone.  The brilliance is there.  The majesty is there.  He is described the way one would describe precious, priceless and unique jewels.  He certainly carries an air all his own on that throne, but He has company in that place.

All the greats have an entourage.  When we look at those who have achieved a high status, whether in sports, entertainment or the political world, those people stand alone figuratively but not literally.  Some might even appear to have an army of followers behind them wherever they go.  Is God not so important to garner a great following?  Is He not worthy of service and worship?  He certainly is, and his display of power in that throne room lets us know.  The mighty sights and sounds which manifest in that place show us what incredible forces are subject to his authority, to his hand.  There is a purpose to everyone and everything in God’s throne room, and ultimately each of those purposes comes to the same end, to glorify God. 

The throne room of God is not quiet, calm and sweet.  It is a majestic residence full of power and authority.  God’s appearance is one of unsurpassed beauty yet of unimaginable might.  He commands respect, and He receives it.  He is surrounded in that place by what He merits, brilliance to behold and faithful allegiance.  That which is found by his throne tells us so much about who He is.  The great King, the Creator of heaven and earth, the one true God whose beginning and end cannot be known, resides in a place of which only He could be worthy.  Father, we praise You for your majesty and your power, and we wait for the day we can see their fullness in your throne room.