Revelation 7:9-11 “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout, ‘Salvation comes from our God on the throne and from the Lamb.’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever Amen’!”
If there’s one thing a pandemic has taught us, it’s that we take a lot for granted…..gathering with friends in large groups unencumbered with masks and social distances…..seeing family and friends, going out to crowded restaurants, crowded movie theaters, crowded concerts and shows, crowded malls and crowded shelves full of toilet paper and disinfecting cleaners!!
We take for granted other things like water flowing from the faucet in our home and electricity making lights go on. I don’t know about you, but the handful of times we’ve had no electricity for a short period of time because of a storm or outage, I still walk in rooms and try to turn on lights, open the garage door, or try tackling jobs that require electricity!
In chapter 7 we see a very large group of diverse believers standing before the throne of the Lord praising Him for something we as believers can grow to take for granted; salvation. Perhaps they are very “in tuned” to it because they are standing in heaven before the throne, having experienced the ultimate fruit of their own salvation (heaven), and standing before the source of their salvation. Dressed, through grace and mercy, in emblems of righteousness (robes washed clean), they recognize that God is the source of salvation and No One else. Salvation isn’t something we achieve, it is something God gives. Taking salvation for granted is not what this great multitude is doing! “This is the peculiar subject of their joy: that God has a throne, that he sits upon it, and that he rules over all things, and all things do his bidding. The central thought of heaven then is divine sovereignty” (Spurgeon).
Woven through every chapter is “His” (Jesus) story of triumph. Through the pages of this book of Revelation, we see the sacrificial, loving, redeeming, conquering, praiseworthy lamb of God, and every other living creature’s response…worship! Worship is not a manufactured act or feeling, worship is a natural response! When we pause, and turn our eyes and focus… (uninterrupted, quiet, free of distractions….unencumbered focus!) on the author and perfect-or of our faith; worship is our natural response!
Let the final words of this chapter seep deeply into your soul….(uninterrupted, quiet, free of distractions, unencumbered focus)…..
“They are before the throne of God and they serve him day and night in his temple. The one seated on the throne will shelter them. They will no longer hunger, they will no longer thirst; the sun will not strike them, nor will any scorching heat. For the lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them, he will guide them to springs of the waters of life, and God will wipe every tear from their eye.”Rev 7:15-17
Know that it is His desire to save you. Know that it is His desire to shelter you….to feed you and satisfy your thirst. Know that it is His desire to protect you, to shepherd you, to guide you to life-giving space, and to wipe every tear from your eye!
Isaiah 43:1 “But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine!”