And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their head’s crowns of gold. (Revelation 4:4 KJV)
Revelation Chapter 4 paints a vivid prophetic picture of worship in the real Tabernacle, in heaven itself, around the throne of God. This worship—in heaven, around God’s throne, and centered around it—is throne-room worship. But the throne-room worship in Revelation 4 is about angelic beings worshipping God, not human beings. This devotional examines what throne-room worship means for God’s children living on the earth.
Throne-room worship implies various critical truths. First, it means there is a throne room where God sits on His throne. Second, worshipping Him before the throne implies worship in God’s presence. Third, throne-room worship means access to God’s presence. Lastly, the throne room suggests God as King is at the heart of worship.
Christ’s work brought human beings into God’s presence, into heaven itself, and before the throne. Furthermore, Christ did not only bring us into God’s presence, but He brought God’s presence to us. So, God’s presence, the essence of heaven and the throne room, is now in and amongst human beings on earth. And this presence is the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer. We do not have to leave our bodies to go somewhere in heaven to meet God. He has come into our hearts by His Spirit, and by so doing, He brought heaven to earth.
Therefore, as God’s children now living in the body, we are in heaven and on earth simultaneously! We are in His presence and have access to that presence. Because of this privileged access position, we can come boldly before the throne of grace, anytime and anywhere, in prayer and worship.
It is essential to recognize that throne-room worship is not an ecstatic experience or worshipping God in a trance. It is not an out-of-body experience, although the Spirit of God sometimes gives us these experiences as He did to John in Revelation 4. So, God is not asking us to get into a trance and enter the throne room whenever we want to worship Him. Neither should you expect nor desire to do so. On the contrary, as I have written before, worshipping God in the throne room occurs when the Holy Spirit lifts up our hearts and bodies into the dimension of heaven, where we enter into realms beyond normal human physical or psychological faculties.
Furthermore, a fundamental requirement for throne-room worship is entering God’s throne room. As believers, we must learn how to come before God’s throne, practically entering His presence in prayer or worship. This practical fellowship with God’s presence is the highlight of throne-room worship.
This devotional has briefly reviewed the core concept of throne-room worship. Tomorrow, I will describe a significant characteristic of worship around the throne—worship centered around God. I have already described another crucial aspect of throne-room worship in a prior Deshen Daily devotional. May the Lord supercharge your worship as He opens your understanding to know and practice worshipping God in the throne room.
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How would you define throne-room worship? Can you worship before the throne while still living on earth? Do you have to enter into a trance or have an open-eye vision of God’s throne to worship before the throne?
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