And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night, they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
Revelation chapter 4, verse 8
Isn’t it interesting, that the beings surrounding the throne of God are covered with eyes, all around and within?
Worship from Revelation
I believe the Lord chose to place these eye - filled beings closest in proximity to Himself to show His desire to reveal Himself to His creation.
The very title of the book in which the above passage is found (‘Revelation’- the revelation of Jesus Christ), demonstrates that God longs to make Himself known to us. Revelation means unveiling.
That is so remarkable!
These incredible beings surrounding the throne of God live to look at God. They are never bored or indifferent. They never grow used to the Ancient of Days. Each time these creatures gaze upon Him, they see something new and awe-inspiring, and they cry “Holy!”. Everyone in the heavenly temple cries “Glory!” (Psalm chapter 29, verse 9). Who is this God they see, who provokes that kind of response?
This remarkable, heavenly throne room scene gives us the insight - worship comes from the place of revelation.
How can the living creatures - these burning, strange, ancient beings - not worship the One whom they behold day and night?
Living to see
The Apostle John builds on this principle in 1 John chapter 1, verse 1, where He hinges the credibility of his testimony of Jesus on having heard, seen and touched Him.
He begins the book by saying, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life”.
Have you seen Him?
Perhaps the indifference and dullness of our souls have to do with our lack of consistent revelation of the beauty and worth of Jesus. Peradventure, our passionless, inconsistent walk with the Lord is a result of our poverty, not of spirit, but of the knowledge of God; and the absence of pursuit of God Himself.
Growing in the revelation and knowledge of God provokes an inner response worthy of the weight of glory. This is why Paul as a seasoned apostle, nearing the end of his life cried out, “Oh, I want to know Him!!!”(Philippians chapter 3, verse 10). Paul’s consistent prayer for the churches he oversaw was that they would receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians chapter 1, verse 17).
Eternal life = knowing God
This is the key to life itself.
Don’t you understand, beloved? This is eternal life: knowing the only true God through Jesus Christ whom He sent(John chapter, 17 verse 3).
Eternal life is the knowledge of God.
How would we conceive The Transcendent, unless He made Himself known to us in a way that we could relate Him? We would not be able to. However, through Jesus Christ, what would otherwise be impossible, is attainable!
Therefore, the question is not whether we can know God, but whether we want to.
Beloved, our Lord Jesus, is the most excellent of men. He is brilliant in wisdom, leadership, mercy, and justice; perfect in every way. Beautiful beyond description. Oh, rightly do we love Him! (Song of Songs chapter 1, verse 4b)
If we see whom the apostles and saints of old saw, we would do what they did: live a life of extravagant worship and devotion to the Beautiful God-Man, Jesus. The only fitting response to such transcendent beauty is to cast the crowns of our lives at His feet. A Worthy God is deserving of a worthy response.
Have you seen Him?
“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house.
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honour him for he is your Lord”
Psalm chapter 45, verses 10-11
Francesca Tavares (West Indies) is a daughter, sister, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.